Wisdom from the Peacekeeper of the Year

By The EDR Program Team Learn more about Michele Straube, the Founder and former Director of the EDR Program, and her lessons learned from a career in conflict resolution. We are pleased to celebrate Michele, who has been named Peacekeeper of the Year by the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution. The annual award honors the […]

Zoom Fatigue is Solvable. But Making Meetings Not Suck Takes Work.

By Cassidy Jones In the past sixteen months, my organization has adapted quite well to working from home and collaborating remotely with partners. We’re a well-resourced organization with compassionate leadership, patient IT staff, and an abundance of laptops, cell phones and Zoom professional licenses. It follows, then, that my organization, like many, is now struggling […]

Why I Love Zoom

By Lucy Moore This post originally appeared on Lucy Moore Blog on March 31, 2021. We are reposting it with the Lucy Moore’s permission. I hear zoom complaints every day. “I cannot stand one more zoom call.” “I am zoomed out.” “I will be so happy to get back to work in person.” Yes, you’ve […]

On Conflict, Collaboration, and Leadership: An Interview with EDR Program Director Danya Rumore

By Tania Lown-Hecht Learn more about EDR Program Director Danya Rumore, her work, and conflict, collaboration, and leadership. This interview was conducted by Tania Lown-Hecht and originally appeared on Outdoor Alliance’s Outdoor Allies blog on March 10, 2021. We are reposting a version of it with Tania Lown-Hecht’s permission. Tania Lown-Hecht (TLH): Tell us about […]

Uncovering & Restoring Our Urban Creeks

By Brian Tonetti The creeks that connect usSix years ago, a group of University of Utah students (myself included) gathered in the bowels of the School of Architecture for the Urban Ecology Capstone course. We imagined an ambitious vision, 100 Years of Daylighting—a century of taming our waterways in the Salt Lake Valley turned a […]

Breaking Down Silos: The Inception of the Utah Rural Coordinating Council

By Jordan Katcher The term “breaking down silos” has been around for a while now, but what does that actually look like? Are we building tin can telephones from silo to silo? Using sledgehammers and pickaxes to construct tunnels? Or are we just waiting for the Big Bad Wolf to blow it all down? The […]

A High-Wire Act: Mediating High Conflict Online

By Bennett Brooks and Patrick Field This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on September 10, 2020. We are reposting it with Bennett Brooks’ and Patrick Field’s permission. As COVID-19 drives our longstanding work with stakeholders, advisory committees, and others onto online platforms, we also are being forced to mediate our most challenging […]

Using Principled Negotiation to Resolve Disagreements

By Katie Shonk This post originally appeared on Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s Daily Blog on December 28, 2020. We are reposting it with the Program on Negotiation’s permission. Principled negotiation allows you to leverage the principles of your opponent to win a negotiation. Parties can often reach a better agreement through integrative negotiation—that […]

Wallace Stegner Center 26th Annual Symposium – “The Plastics Paradox: Societal Boon or Environmental Bane?”

The Wallace Stegner Center’s 26th annual symposium on “The Plastics Paradox: Societal Boon or Environmental Bane?” to be held on Thursday to Friday, March 25-26, 2021, will be held virtually, bringing together speakers and attendees from across the country. The program will explore the role of plastics in the modern world; the environmental impacts of […]

Cultivating Dignity in a Year of Rupture

By Merrick Hoben This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on October 5, 2020. We are reposting it with Merrick Hoben’s permission. If the scale of this year’s global health crisis, economic turbulence, social justice uprisings, and climate extremes indicates anything, it’s that there’s an undeniable need to move not just our hearts […]