I 🖤 Conflict!

By Martha C Bean After decades serving as a public policy mediator, I have learned to introduce myself with this greeting: “Good morning. I’m your mediator, and I love conflict!” Those sitting around the negotiating table raise their eyebrows; there are some awkward chuckles. People glance at their neighbors. I continue: “I’d like you to […]

Liberating Structures: Change Methods for Everybody Every Day

By Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless This post originally appeared on Medium on February 21, 2020. We are reposting a summarized version of it with Henri Lipmanowicz’s and Keith McCandless’ permission. Liberating [verb]: to set free from imposed, controlling structures Structures [noun]: simple rules that specify how people are included and participate Based on our […]

Six Guidelines for “Getting to Yes”

By Katie Shonk This post originally appeared on Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s Daily Blog on September 12, 2019. We are reposting it with the Program on Negotiation’s permission. In their revolutionary book Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Penguin, 3rd edition, 2011), Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton introduced the […]

Apply for the Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Nedra Chandler “Anyone who works with people on environmental issues will benefit from taking the course. The curriculum explores how and why people become committed to positions on environmental issues as well as tools you can use to open up dialogue about those positions. After taking the Short Course, I feel much more confident about […]

Moderating Mentor and Career Development Conference Panel in Conflict Resolution

By Claire Turpel Chase Culminating months of emails and conference calls with some people I knew and several I had never met, all of us strewn across the country, I was moderating a panel on mentoring and career development at the Association for Conflict Resolution 2019 annual conference. We had intentionally created a diverse panel […]

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 […]

EDR Blog Year in Review: 2019

By Angela Turnbow for EDRBlog.org One of the reasons I enjoy managing the EDR Blog is the chance to read about the valuable resources, best practices, case studies, ideas, and activities related to collaboration and dialogue, as well as to learn about all of the amazing work that is being done to resolve the complex […]

Breakthrough Collaboration: What is It and How Do We Help Make It Happen?

By David Fairman and Stacie Nicole Smith This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on August 7, 2019. We are reposting it with David Fairman’s and Stacie Nicole Smith’s permission. CBI’s vision is “a world in which our most difficult challenges are solved through collaboration.” That seems like a fairly tall order, in […]

EDR Program Brings Process Innovation to You, Utah, & the Mountain West

By Nedra Chandler for EDRBlog.org Looking out my window at the Wasatch mountains today, in my new role as associate director at the Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program, I am musing about what ‘societies to match our scenery’ might require. Wallace Stegner wrote in an essay in 1969 that: “When [the West] fully […]

Righting Un-rightable Wrongs: The Difference a Decade Makes!

By Marina Piscolish, Ph.D. I wonder what my dear Hawaiian friend Jan would say about the current stance taken by Kū Kiaʻi Mauna, the protectors of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain and for many, a sacred place. The State plans to install a thirty-meter telescope (TMT) on its summit in spite of vocal opposition by […]