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What Lessons Are You Learning from Madame C?

By Nedra Chandler and Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org Dear Readers, During these uncertain times, we have all had to adapt how we do our day-to-day activities and how we are being in our lives. This adaptation can be reactionary—changing how we do things without intention or awareness. Or the shifts we make can be intentional—responding […]

Devising strategies for complex public policy challenges: Lessons learned from the Visitation on Utah’s Public Lands workshop

By Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org Public policy challenges have a tendency to be somewhat overwhelming. People often don’t agree about the nature of the problem or what, if anything, should be done to address it. Even where there is agreement that there is a problem and it should be addressed, often public policy challenges—such as […]

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, […]

Daring to Dialogue: Stories of “Being the Change”

By Michele Straube and Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org On June 15, the EDR Program co-hosted “Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times,” the third in the Dialogue on Collaboration series. At the end of the event, we challenged our nearly 100 participants to write down one thing they would do to engage in dialogue with someone […]

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 […]

Using Serious Games to Help Communities Make Progress on Serious Problems

By Danya Rumore for EDRblog.org Addressing environmental, natural resource, and public policy issues is serious business. Making progress on concerns such as water resources management and air quality often requires helping diverse stakeholders recognize their shared challenges, work through differing perspectives and interests, and accept tough trade-offs. The seriousness of such issues should not be undervalued […]

New research by law school’s Rumore is altering the game of climate change

Could turning climate change into a game inspire communities to seriously consider climate change risks and what they need to do to adapt? Danya Rumore, who holds a joint appointment at the University of Utah as associate director of the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program and as a research assistant professor […]

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 […]

Rumore Publishes “Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities”

Danya Rumore, Associate Director for the College of Law’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, published a book on Anthem Press titled “Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities.” Co-Authors were Lawrence Susskind, Carri Hulet, and Patrick Field. Drawing on research from the New England Climate Adaptation Project, “Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities” introduces a framework for building local capacity […]

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 […]