Empowering Collaboration Through Dark Sky Protection

By Janey Heyman Moving from a small California beach town to Salt Lake City, I realized the night sky was a severely under-utilized resource in my childhood. I can only identify four constellations: the three-starred belt of Orion, the ladle-shaped Big Dipper and its younger sister the Little Dipper, and the cluster of the Pleiades. […]

Apply for Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Michele Straube The 23 participants in the inaugural Short Course will attend their last session on April 27, walking away with a Certificate of Completion; new skills, friends and collaborators; and a capstone project putting the concepts and skills they learned into action in a real-life setting of their choosing. The application period for […]

For Living Room Candor, Keep the Conversation Casual

By Katherine Daly for EDRblog.org When is it possible for someone to express their honest thoughts and feelings about an important issue? Is it possible for that person to do so while acting in their professional capacity? Attending the February 23 “Climate Conversations at the Village Square” got me thinking about these questions, and led […]

Two Sources of Turmoil in a Divided America

By James R. Holbrook for edrblog.org The Sixties and early Seventies were a time of great turmoil in a divided America, including the assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK; the civil rights movement; the Vietnam War and our invasion of Cambodia; and Watergate and Nixon’s forced resignation. Today we are in another period of great […]

E Pluribus Unum (out of many one)

This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog in October 13, 2016. We are reposting it with the Patrick Field’s permission. By Patrick Field for EDRblog.org. Consider editing a major planning document with 5 federal agencies, 3 agencies each in 6 states, 15 non-profit organizations, three to four layers each. That equals ninety commenters and […]

EDR Blog Year in Review: 2016

By Angela Turnbow In 2016, we posted 26 blogs from 24 of authors. Many of our blog posts featured inspiring examples of collaboration. Several authors described ways in which opposing parties have—or currently are—working through environmental and public policy conflicts in ways that reflect the values and needs of all involved. Other posts illuminated the […]

From Question to Connection: Building Bridges with Appreciative Inquiry

By Barbara E. Lewis for EDRBlog.org Now more than ever, those of us who practice community engagement are acutely aware of how polarized ”the publics” have become. More and more, people connect with others who are like them, gather information from sources that confirm their values, and participate by checking a box or posting a […]

Keep your knees bent while facilitating

By Wendy Green Lowe for EDRblog.org.  I grew up in a household of skiers.  The lessons I earned about staying upright while skiing hold true for effective facilitation as well. We started skiing by the age of five years.  It was either go skiing, or stay home with a baby sitter.  You can guess what […]

Putting another E in EDR (Electronic)

By Noam Exner for EDRblo.org. Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is an area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that has been developing over the past twenty years. I see many opportunities to use ODR techniques in environmental dispute resolution (EDR). The advent of e-commerce generated new forms of online conflict, spurring development of possibilities for constructive […]

My Own Worst Nightmare

By Lucy Moore for EDRblog.org.  This post originally appeared on Lucy Moore’s blog in September 2016. We are reposting it with the Lucy Moore’s permission. Lucy Moore will be a presenter in the December 7 2016 Dialogue on Collaboration (Working with tribes: What can collaboration bring to the table? – open to the public, register […]