Invitation to Join Our Efforts in 2021

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi Dear EDR Blog readers: Now more than ever, we are convinced that people need to—and can—work together to make change for the better. Doing so, we believe, will require that we all invest in our self-awareness and skills for dialogue, […]

Leaders should seek cooperation and collaboration, not compromise

By Michele Straube This post originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on November 13, 2020. We are reposting it with Salt Lake Tribune’s and Michele Straube’s permission. Almost immediately after news agencies called the election for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, pundits and others were talking about the need to work […]

Navigating complex public issues: A comparison of two facilitation approaches to group decision-making

By Sarah Daitch & Jordi Honey-Rosés Poor preparation and facilitation can lead to participants feeling underappreciated, not listened to or frustrated. The way dialogues are designed and facilitated, in particular for decision making on issues of public concern, can make an immense difference when it comes to meaningfully engaging citizens and fostering collaboration. However, the […]

A Scene from Tribal Headquarters at Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and the Value of Readiness Checking

By Nedra Chandler & Diana Hammer There they were: in a bright, spacious room at Tribal Headquarters on a February day, a group of 14 individuals gathered to discuss the burned, abandoned properties in downtown Poplar, Montana. Prior to this meeting, a readiness check process (aka situation assessment) had been conducted to ensure that the […]

Floods, Fires, Drought and More: The Climate is Changing and Dispute Resolution Tools are Needed (Now!)

By Lara B. Fowler This post originally appeared on Indisputably, the Dispute Resolution Law Professors Blog as part of the Theory-of-Change Symposium on January 19, 2020. We are reposting a revised version of the blog with the author’s permission. The Crisis and Opportunities in Climate Change As I watch the news from California of the […]

Changing Consultation for the Better: Two Case Examples

By Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Kathy Lynn, and Kyle Whyte for EDRBlog.org This blog post is the second of a two-part blog series and is based on the authors’ forthcoming article on the same topic published by the U.C. Davis Law Review. We are posting a summarized version of the article in two parts with U.C. […]

Changing Consultation for the Better: An Ethics and Partnership Perspective

By Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Kathy Lynn, and Kyle Whyte for EDRBlog.org This blog post is the first of a two-part blog series and is based on the authors’ forthcoming article on the same topic published by the U.C. Davis Law Review. We are posting a summarized version of the article in two parts with U.C. […]

What is this Situation Ready For? Readiness Checking in 5 Steps

By Nedra Chandler for EDRBlog.org People, conflict situations or other messy public decisions are always ready for something. The overarching questions are ‘what’ and ‘how.’ “What are they ready for?” and “how do people — and their governments and their organizations — engage with the specific issues, and with each other, now, and next?” Here […]

Lessons Learned from the Probletunity of Madame C: Outer and Inner Work

By Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org As EDR Program Associate Director Nedra Chandler and I wrote in our “What Lessons are You Learning from Madame C?” blog earlier this summer, the coronavirus pandemic has presented all sorts of challenges and related opportunities (or what we call “probletunities”). One of the probletunities we have found amid the […]

Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic for Environmental Governance

By Erin Ryan This post originally appeared on the Rachel Carson Center’s Blog Seeing the Woods on May 31, 2020. We are reposting it with Seeing the Wood’s and Erin Ryan’s permission. The coronavirus pandemic offers lessons for leaders on every level about how—and how not— to manage complex interjurisdictional challenges, like the environment, which […]