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 […]

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 […]

Job opening: EDR Program Associate Director / Senior Mediator

The College of Law has a job opening for an EDR Program Associate Director / Senior Mediator. Applications are due by end of the day on May 05, 2017. Applications must be submitted on-line. Apply here: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/61527. Qualifications A JD degree. A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience serving as a neutral mediator […]

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 […]