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Less but Better: An Investment in Avoiding Unnecessary Conflict

By Danya Rumore “It is the ability to choose which makes us human.” -Madeleine L’Engle It is not often that I find myself reflecting on a book pretty much every day—and mentioning it to friends and colleagues almost as often. However, in a time when people generally seem to be stretched a little too thin, […]

Lessons Learned in My First Year of Dispute Resolution

By Mikala Jordan for EDRBlog.org I thought I knew a thing or two about communication coming into the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan Planning master’s program.  Use active listening, practice dialogue rather than discussion: these phrases were ingrained in me from the handful of communications classes I took as an undergraduate student.  In a […]

Collaboration Playlist

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org Music has so many magical properties. It can prompt memory. It can help create memories. It can access memory. It can set the mood. It can change the mood. All these characteristics are beneficial to negotiation and collaboration. So with a little help from my friends,* here is a collaboration […]

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 […]

EDR Program offers course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

The Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program is offering a short course on effective natural resource collaboration. The course consists of six 1.5-day sessions held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The program received $5,000 in scholarship support from the Huntsman Corporation and $5,000 from the The I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Charitable Foundation. Application […]

Let Those Affected By Decisions Really Affect Those Decisions

By Larry Schooler for EDRblog.org There’s a lot that our government could do beyond giving people three minutes at a public-hearing podium. “This is America. We want to make it easier for people to participate.” So said President Obama in his final State of the Union address. Beyond the partisan divides around some of the […]

Civity: The Other Keystone XL Story

By Palma Strand for EDRblog.org On November 6, 2015, President Obama endorsed a decision by the U.S. State Department that the Keystone XL Pipeline – “a pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil through our heartland to ports in the Gulf of Mexico and out into the world market” – would not serve the national […]

Rumore’s MIT Research Cited on ClimateWire

The research of Danya Rumore, Associate Director of the College of Law’s Environmental Dispute Resolution program, was cited on a ClimateWire story, “Small coastal towns get their feet wet in climate change planning.” Rumore was part of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Consensus Building Institute team working to help coastal communities collaboratively move forward […]

Bludworth Grabs Honors at Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Competition

On November 13, 2015, the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR) at the University of Missouri School of Law announced the winners of a student writing competition organized by the CSDR. The competition was offered in conjunction with the Journal of Dispute Resolution symposium entitled “Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice, and Policy […]

Ready or Not: Enhancing the Readiness of Communities to Prepare for and Manage Climate-Related Risks

By Danya Rumore for EDRblog.org. Climate change can no longer be avoided. Here in the mountain west, this will mean more frequent and more severe drought and wildfire. Along most of the U.S. coast, the future will almost certainly bring considerably worse flooding due to sea level rise and more intense storms. Communities need to take […]