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Holbrook Receives the Inaugural Peacemaker Award

Professor James Holbrook received the inaugural Peacemaker Award and gave the inaugural Peacemaker Lecture, founded by the Brigham Young University Center for Conflict Resolution and co-sponsored by the BYU David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, on September 16, 2015, in Provo, Utah. View the Inaugural Peacemaker Lecture »

A is for A**hole

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org While preparing for a particularly difficult facilitation recently, I decided to consult my Conflict Resolution Reading List for inspiration. I rediscovered some of my favorite books and indeed went into the meeting with confidence and a smile (and the meeting went well). The first book on the list has the […]

College of Law Welcomes Danya Rumore as New Associate Director of EDRP

September 11, 2015 — In July, Danya Rumore landed her dream job when she joined the College of Law as Associate Director of the College’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, or EDRP. “I’m thrilled to bring my academic training and expertise in collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and stakeholder engagement to bear on environmental and natural […]

Responding to Climate-Related Risks: Why Collaboration is Key

By Hannah Payne for EDRblog.org. As I write this blog, 13,000 Californians are evacuating their homes to escape wildfires, which are spreading with unprecedented speed due to extremely dry conditions after five years of drought. Here in Utah, much of the state continues to experience drought conditions and water restrictions on the Virgin River have […]

Let’s Be Honest: Doing Group Processes Right

By Renette Anderson for EDRBlog.org. It seems intuitive: Vocal opposition to an issue? Bring the sides together in a problem-solving group. It’s the best way to resolve an issue. But is it? It depends. If you, as an organizational lead or consultant, have the time and are really willing to entertain multiple points of view […]

Still Brokering Peace… Between People and Prairie Dogs

By Kevin Bunnel for EDRblog.com. It’s been over a year since my Prairie Dog EDR Blog highlighted the collaborative effort that helped develop the Federal Low-effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Utah Prairie Dog in Residential and Commercial Development Areas of Iron County, Utah. Since then, the process took an unexpected turn but has still […]

Bridging a Utah Cultural Divide: What’s Environmental Education Got to do With it?

by Paul Parker for EDRblog.org.  With over 100 groups, involved in environmental education (EE) in Utah, why don’t we talk to each other about issues and best practices? More than 50 environmental, government and educational leaders met to share their experiences and expertise in environmental education   This is exactly what HawkWatch International and the […]

Book Review – Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.org. Diane Musho Hamilton’s new book, Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, is deeply personal and practically useful. It gives readers the overwhelming feeling that everything truly is workable. She helps her audience see the benefit of disputes—an opportunity to change and grow—while providing a road map to navigate […]

Straube Praises Daggett County Land-Use Accord in Deseret News Op-Ed

In a November 9, 2014 Deseret News op-ed, Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, stresses the importance of dialogue in resolving land-use issues. To support her argument, Straube uses the example of a […]