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 […]

Nurturing Collaboration in Colorado’s Water Community: What Have We Learned?

By Ryan Golten and Daniel R. Birch This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on May 29, 2019. We are reposting it with Ryan Golten’s and Daniel R. Birch’s permission. In 1990, after over a decade of fierce opposition, EPA vetoed Denver’s proposed Two Forks Reservoir on Colorado’s South Platte River. The decision […]

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 […]