Summit Addresses Opioid Crisis in Utah

By Angela Turnbow for The Center for Law and the Biomedical Sciences, the Honors College, and the Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah hosted a “Conversational Summit” on the Opioid Crisis in Utah, Monday, April 23, 2018. The event, organized by professors Leslie Francis, Margaret Battin and Teneille Brown, […]

Finding Shared Interests at the Fort Douglas National Historic Landmark

By Kelly Beck Today, Fort Douglas is home to the bustling student residences at the University of Utah. A university managed hotel and conference center occupies a portion of the fort, and the Fort Douglas Military Museum attracts Salt Lake City visitors. The well-manicured landscape of Fort Douglas today stands in stark contrast to this […]

Collaboration is Improv or is Improv a Collaboration?

By Leanne Bernstein for I raced around the room, trying desperately to keep my bodyguard in between me and the paparazzi. But with every move I made it seemed like my bodyguard had their own agenda, and it didn’t include protecting me, which was true. In fact, they were also trying to get away […]

More Peaceful Winters Reign in Yellowstone

By Nedra Chandler “Winter use in Yellowstone National Park is, at root, a conflict over deep public values…” –Mike Yochim, member of Yellowstone Grand Teton Winter Use team,and author of Yellowstone and the Snowmobile, Locking Horns Over National Park Use (2009) Winter in Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park, is unforgettable. Visiting in February with […]

What Environmental Dispute Resolution Can Learn from Civity and Complexity Science

By Daniel Friedman for Successful environmental dispute resolution (EDR) requires long-term cooperation among stakeholders, who often have incongruent values and interests and may have experienced complicated previous interaction. EDR also often involves integration across disciplinary fields, ranging from mathematical ecology to history and law. As a result, EDR situations are “complex,” maybe even “messy.” […]

The Handmaid’s Tale and Woman’s Health

By Jessica Van Wagoner for By now almost everyone has heard about The Handmaid’s Tale. The Hulu original series, based on the book by Margaret Atwood, swept the Emmys and has become a critic’s darling. The story follows Offred as a handmaid in the near-future United States, known as Gilead, in its rule by […]

Helping Collaborative Groups Get Real

By Steve Greenwood for One of the key characteristics of successful collaborations, particularly when parties are trying to resolve difficult issues, is authenticity.  As a facilitator, I work to encourage participants to express their real thoughts, questions, emotions, and concerns – while still being respectful of one another. In too many groups, the incentive […]