Trust – An Essential Collaborative Component

By Dianne Olson “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”  – Stephen R. Covey Never had words rung so true as did Stephen R. Covey’s in his book with Rebecca E. Merrill in The Speed of Trust: The One Thing […]

It’s not Federal Overreach, It’s Federal Under-Listening: Lessons from Rural Oregon

By Katherine Daly for The EDR Program interviewed Peter Walker, Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, about his 2018 book Sagebrush Collaboration: How Harney County Defeated the Takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The book argues that the militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, in 2016 […]

“Everyone’s Game.” Bridging the Inventorship Gender Gap

By Brian Flach “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game.” Growing up, I was raised with the belief that you should be judged by your talent and accomplishments. I was taught that everyone should be given the opportunity to prove themselves and further themselves based on the quality […]

Do Cows Come to Consensus? Exploring What Humans and Animals Might Have in Common When it Comes to Dispute Resolution

By Leanne Bernstein Do elephants experience empathy? Do artic foxes argue? Do narwhals negotiate? Do raccoons reconcile? Dr. Frans de Waal explores these ideas in his recent book, Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves. Dr. de Waal, a Dutch-American biologist and primatologist, has been studying animal emotions for decades. […]

Why “Progress” Fits Natural Resource Conflict Management Better than “Success”

By Steve Daniels for As a practicing environmental facilitator/mediator, I am frequently asked if a process succeeded; it seems politicians and the news media are particularly fond of that question. But a research project that I did many years ago, combined with my own practical experience, have convinced me that in many situations “making […]

Apply for the Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Katherine Daly Consider words like personal, effective, and awesome. What might they describe? Here’s a hint: Short Course. That’s right! These words describe the Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration. Every word in the cloud above comes from participants in the 2018 cohort, who shared their reflections on the Short Course with us. […]

The Path of Collaboration in Harney County, Oregon

By Steven C. Beda for Harney County, Oregon is broad, flat, and expansive. Were the title not already claimed by Montana, this place could be properly called big sky country. The one exception to Harney County’s flat landscape is the Steens Mountains: a hulking formation of basalt and rhyolite lava flows left over from […]

A New Era in Collaborative Forest Restoration: Working Towards Long-Term, Large-Scale, and High-Capacity Collaboration

By William Butler for Dr. Courtney Schultz of Colorado State University and I have been researching and engaging with professionals involved in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) for almost a decade now. This program offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore questions of collaborative governance in public lands management involving multiple cases over […]

EDR Blog Year in Review: 2018

By Angela Turnbow What strikes me most at the close of another year for the EDR Blog is the perseverance and determination I see happening in the field of environmental dispute resolution (EDR). Despite the ongoing obstacles encountered—disgruntled parties, stakeholders unwilling to collaborate, or the seeming lack of interest in participation—those involved in EDR and […]

Collaborating on Air Quality: From Pollution to Solution

By Danya Rumore This time of year, one thing seems to be on the mind of just about everyone in the Salt Lake Valley: air quality. Air quality is striking in the fact that pretty much everyone in the Salt Lake Valley agrees it is a problem and wants it to be improved. Yet, despite […]