EDR Blog Year in Review: 2017

By Angela Turnbow As I look back on the EDR Blogs we’ve posted in the last 12 months, I find myself inspired and energized by the many examples of collaboration and strategies for how to build bridges among individuals, stakeholder groups, and communities our authors have shared. This past year’s blogs provide information on conflict […]

2018 Law and Biomedicine Colloquium Series

By Angela Turnbow The Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences will kick-off their 4th annual Law and Biomedicine Colloquium series beginning Wednesday, January 10th with the first speaker Elizabeth D. Winter, Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Utah. The series will run the first eight weeks of Spring semester, and will feature […]

Mindfulness for mediators, innovators and problem solvers

By Mary Dumas for EDRBlog.org Complexity and conflict can interfere with our ability to listen accurately and sustain focused attention when serving as a mediator or engaging in a collaboration endeavor. However, mindfulness principles and practices help mediators, innovators and collaboration participants by increasing awareness of changing conditions and sharpening focused attention during the creation […]

A New Way of Doing Business? Collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service

By Kailey Kornhauser for EDRBlog.org In 2012 the US Forest Service adopted a new Planning Rule. Planning Rules are policy that regulate how the Forest Service conducts management planning processes and monitoring. These plans include components regarding wildlife, recreation, roads, wilderness, conservation, fire, and more. The 2012 Planning Rule introduced a new way of doing […]

Finding Common Ground on Public Lands

By Susan Crook for EDRBlog.org I kept dreaming of Hayley Mills singing “Let’s Get Together” from The Parent Trap and found myself humming the tune during the day as we began planning the conservation forum, “Finding Common Ground on Public Lands.” Divisiveness has gripped Southwest Utah over public lands issues such as the proposed northern […]

A Practical Roadmap for Resolving Conflict

This post originally appeared on Arbinger Institute’s blog May 30, 2017. We are reposting it with Jim Ferrell’s permission. If you want to help people resolve their differences, help them focus together on things that have nothing to do with their differences. By Jim Ferrell My first conflict mediation in the Middle East occurred in […]

Patents and Tribal Sovereign Immunity

By Carlos Quijada for BioLawToday.org The pharmaceutical company Allergan recently assigned its patents on eye medication Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, which agreed to license them back to Allergan in exchange for a $13.5 million payment and $15 million in annual royalties. The company’s end goal is to shield the patents from federal […]

The Three F’s of a Successful Watershed Partnership

By Sue Fearon for EDRBlog.org Earlier this year, Stan, a conversation partner, asked me “Why are you still here? That’s what I want to know. I’ve been part of half a dozen partnerships, most of them don’t make it past the first meeting, but this one is still getting things done.” Stan referred to the […]

New Research May Help Save Athletes’ Brains

By Maura Murphy As we enter week 5 of the National Football League (NFL) season, there is immense controversy over whether players should kneel during the national anthem. What fewer people are talking about, however, is the way the game affects the overall health of these athletes. Last Tuesday, Boston University (BU) published a new […]

Conflict Mapping Is No Spaghetti Bowl

By Dena Marshall for EDRBlog.org Conflict mapping is a roll-up-your-sleeves pencil and paper exercise that I have come to appreciate and incorporate into my collaborative process practice and in my personal life. When conflict mapping is used as a tool for analyzing complex disputes it can be a great exercise for individual practice, training group […]