In Defense of Facts: The Need to Discuss Values

By Hannah Satein for EDRBlog.org Concern about functional public discourse and decision-making has risen sharply in the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump with some questioning if we are existing in a post-truth era. Indeed, we often hear cries of “fake news” or see seemingly, to some, blatant conspiracy theories gaining widespread traction among […]

Building Community Resilience to Climate Change with Facilitated, Collaborative Dialogue

By Zoë McAlear for EDRBlog.org In July, I spent two days in Moab, Utah to help facilitate a workshop on how the impacts of climate change on drought and extreme precipitation may affect water supply management in the Spanish Valley. The workshop, which was organized by Western Water Assessment (WWA) with facilitation help from the […]

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, […]

Using the Johari Rooms in Dispute Resolution

By Professor James R. Holbrook Psychologists Joe Luft and Harry Ingham were researching human personality at the University of California-Berkeley in the 1950s when they devised their “Johari Window” named after a combination of their two first names. The Johari Window is a way of looking at how personality traits are expressed and concealed. Luft […]

Stumbling into Collaboration: Learning to Listen from Ranchers, Elk, and Trout

By Jake Powell for EDRBlog.org In the fall of 2013, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food opened a prototype grant created to fund localized natural resource planning efforts. At the time, I worked as a watershed coordinator for the Utah Association of Conservation Districts with specific geographic responsibility for the Upper reaches of the […]

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 […]

Harvard Shares Five Tips for an Experienced Mediator

By Samuel Dinnar This post originally appeared on Mediate.com’s blog in May 2019. We are reposting it with Samuel Dinnar’s permission. If you are an experienced mediator who has mediated many disputes to a successful agreement, then you have probably established a reputation and feel confident in your mediation skills. But when was the last […]

Tanana joins Stegner Center as a research associate

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment welcomes Heather Tanana as a research associate. Tanana, a 2010 alumna of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduated with high honors and a certificate in environmental and natural resources law.  She holds a master’s degree in […]

Wisdom from the Field: Lessons for Collaborative Natural Resource Management and Community Development Partnerships

By Zoë McAlear for EDRBlog.org For practitioners working on the ground, it can be reinvigorating, inspiring, and enormously helpful to learn from others’ experiences doing similar work. A recent webinar through the America’s Rural Opportunity Speaker Series titled, “Tension as Catalyst: Land Stewardship and Development Align for a Better Rural West,” provides people working on […]

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 […]