Conflict Mapping Is No Spaghetti Bowl

By Dena Marshall for EDRBlog.org Conflict mapping is a roll-up-your-sleeves pencil and paper exercise that I have come to appreciate and incorporate into my collaborative process practice and in my personal life. When conflict mapping is used as a tool for analyzing complex disputes it can be a great exercise for individual practice, training group […]

Collaborating for Cleaner Air

By Ashley Miller for EDRBlog.org I was all set to start learning on the first day of the Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program’s Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration. The course piqued my interest since much of the work I do in the air quality field as the Policy Director for Breathe Utah would […]

Establishing Collaboration: Breaking Down Silos to Effectively Manage Ecosystems

By Craig Walker for EDRBlog.org In 2016, I was offered the opportunity to participate in a Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration hosted by University of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDR).  So often, professional development courses provide little in the way of tangible benefit.  Before agreeing to participate, I wanted to do some […]

Daring to Dialogue: Stories of “Being the Change”

By Michele Straube and Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org On June 15, the EDR Program co-hosted “Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times,” the third in the Dialogue on Collaboration series. At the end of the event, we challenged our nearly 100 participants to write down one thing they would do to engage in dialogue with someone […]

Taking the Leap: A Collaborative Process – and Life! — Journey

By Theresa Jensen for EDRBlog.org Have you ever stood on the edge of a new beginning, noticing all of those excited anxious squiggly feelings dancing around inside . . . and then . . . jumped? That’s what I experienced as I waited for my plane to take off to a new life and job […]

A Cow Runs Through It: Reflections on 20+ Years as an Environmental Mediator

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org.  I realized recently that my projects involved cows at the beginning, middle and end of my career, and a squishy stress toy named Consensus Cow has become my go-to mediation / facilitation tool in the past year.  A random coincidence, no doubt, but a good reason for Consensus Cow to […]

Breaking the Natural Resources Gridlock with Consensus Building

By Gina Bartlett for EDRblog.org. This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog Feb. 6, 2017. We are reposting it with Gina Bartlett’s permission. In California, where I live, rarely a week goes by when the headlines aren’t putting a magnifying glass on the climate shifts in the West and their impact on our […]

Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times

By Griffin Smith for EDRBlog.org People being viciously attacked—verbally and physically—just because they are a certain race, ethnicity, religion, or simply trying to fly war torn countries. Vitriol flying back and forth across social media. Friends, neighbors, and even family members that no longer speak to each other because of how they voted in the […]

A Need—and an Opportunity—for Leadership

By Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org In every challenge, there is an opportunity. There is no doubt that we live in challenging times. One need only read the national or local news to find multiple examples of societal frustration, political turmoil, ideological divides, environmental degradation, and numerous other challenges. The question is: how do we leverage […]

I’ll See You in Court: Litigation and Collaborative Land Management

By Ian Summers for EDRBlog.org Litigation over public land management has become a contentious topic in recent news. Industry groups and ranchers are pressuring the new Congress and Administration to end what they deem “abusive” litigation tactics used by environmental groups against grazing and other federal land projects involving the private sector.  It’s within this […]