The Future of Indian Water Rights in the West

By Nils Lofgren for EDRBlog.org Water is an important and essential commodity for people living in the western United States today. Water is just as important for Indians living on reservation lands in the western states. As the importance of water increases a new trend has begun in the west, Indian tribes are creating settlements […]

Making Room for Give and Take

By Dan Adams for EDRblog.org Recently, I spent 17 days on the islands of Cebu and Negros in the Philippines.  It was a powerful cultural experience.  As a conflict resolution practitioner, I was especially taken by surprise as I witnessed a complete absence of conflict, anger, or frustration exhibited by anyone on the roads.  Whether […]

“Town Halls” Are Dead. Long Live Town Halls?

By Larry Schooler This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post on 03/29/2017 05:25 pm ET, updated Mar 30, 2017. We are reposting it with Larry Schooler’s permission. Imagine walking into a room with hundreds of people looking at you, waiting for you to speak, hanging on your every syllable. We have plenty of these […]

Accomplishing the Impossible: The Spokane River Story

By Adriane P. Borgias for EDRBlog.org “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” HERACLITUS By the end of 2011, the Spokane River community had learned its lesson. After more than eleven years of disputes, delays, and lawsuits, a plan for improving […]

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 […]