Unraveling Complex Issues – Collaboration around the Great Salt Lake

By Dianne Olson for EDRBlog.org Discussing something as significant as the Great Salt Lake involves landscape level topics such as water use among three states that impacts what flows into the lake – or – issues at the microscopic level and the unique ecosystems that thrives or perishes based on the salinity of the water. […]

Teamwork and Shared Interests to Improve Tribal Relations with the BLM in Utah

By Nate Thomas and Nizhone Meza for EDRBlog.org Starting, conducting and completing a “situation assessment” for inexperienced yet enthusiastic protégés in the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program Short Course can be an overwhelming task. Thankfully, we found a way to maximize our experience: by working together, we had someone to bounce ideas around with and someone […]

Rumore selected for prestigious award for emerging environment and public policy leaders

Danya Rumore, director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, has been selected for the 2018 Rob Williams Award for Emerging Environment and Public Policy Leaders from the Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section. Rumore will receive the award at a conference in […]

Coming Full Circle: Using Litigation as a Tool to Facilitate Collaboration

By Hannah Satein for EDRBlog.org Though it may seem paradoxical, litigation filed by a participant in a collaborative process may offer a tool to help facilitate collaboration. Traditional collaborative governance scholarship suggests that trust is essential to collaborative processes and that litigation filed by a participant in the midst of a collaborative process will destroy […]

Four Strategies for Effective Science Communication

By Dr. Emma Frances Bloomfield for EDRBlog.org Why is the sky blue? If you have ever tried to explain the answer to this question to a first grader, you know how challenging effective science communication can be. Now consider that challenge in the context of environmental dispute resolution (EDR), in which scientific information, facts, and […]

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 EDRBlog.org 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 EDRBlog.org 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.” […]

Helping Collaborative Groups Get Real

By Steve Greenwood for EDRBlog.org 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 […]