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.” […]

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 […]

Apply for the Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration!

By Katherine Daly for “With my legal training and forty years of litigation practice, I came to the Environmental Dispute Resolution Short Course a doubting Thomas, not entirely convinced that collaboration would be a useful tool in resolving the types of environmental disputes that typically end up in a courtroom.” Scott Berry, Board Chair, […]

The Sweet Sound of Collaboration

By Cody Lutz for As a graduate student fellow with the Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program, I’ve been working on various community-based conflicts and challenges. One such challenge has been helping the Town of Springdale, Utah (just outside the south entrance of Zion National Park) to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process to address […]

Cultivating a Culture of Environmental and Natural Resources Collaboration in Utah

By Danya Rumore Unhealthy air quality. Growing demands for water in an arid state. Conflicts over public lands and how those lands should be managed. These are just a few environmental and natural resources challenges here in Utah that we hear “keep people up at night.” Such challenges are indeed daunting, and they will not […]

EDR Blog Year in Review: 2017

By Angela Turnbow As I look back on the EDR Blogs we’ve posted in the last 12 months, I find myself inspired and energized by the many examples of collaboration and strategies for how to build bridges among individuals, stakeholder groups, and communities our authors have shared. This past year’s blogs provide information on conflict […]

Mindfulness for mediators, innovators and problem solvers

By Mary Dumas for Complexity and conflict can interfere with our ability to listen accurately and sustain focused attention when serving as a mediator or engaging in a collaboration endeavor. However, mindfulness principles and practices help mediators, innovators and collaboration participants by increasing awareness of changing conditions and sharpening focused attention during the creation […]