A New Academic Year for LABS Fellows

By Angela Turnbow Last May, we said a fond farewell to four of our fellows at the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s commencement exercises. We wish Alexis Juergens, Jason Perry, Breanna Marchesani, and Andrew Unsworth the very best of luck as they move on to establish themselves within the legal community and thank them for […]

Don’t Believe Everything You Think: The Pitfalls of Cognitive Bias

By Douglas Thompson This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on May 22, 2018. We are reposting it with Douglas Thompson’s permission. A woman tearfully recounts her battle with breast cancer, attributing its cause to the nearby Superfund site. “Don’t tell me the toxic pollution wasn’t the cause. No one else in my […]

Aug. 30: Reference Desk Early Closure

By Melissa Bernstein for the Faust Library Blog – The Reference Desk will be closing at 4pm on Thursday, August 30.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Rock and Roll: Use the Triangle of Satisfaction to Design and Facilitate Effective Collaboration

By Nedra Chandler This post originally appeared on Cadence blog February 28, 2018. We are reposting it with Nedra Chandler’s permission. Humans can be Bermuda Triangles of needs. If you are a leader, team participant, or facilitator of collaborative work of any kind, I promise you at least one insight you can use and apply […]

Fall Library Hours

By Melissa Bernstein for the Faust Library Blog: The Library will switch to Fall semester hours on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  You can find our hours on the library website.

State Invests Millions in Conflict Resolution: A Case Study

By Katherine Daly for EDRBlog.org This year, one state in the nation will invest more than $1 million to support public policy and community-based conflict resolution and collaborative implementation. Perhaps more surprising is the fact that this amount is appropriated every year, and that the state has slowly and steadily increased its funding for conflict […]

The Power of Vulnerability in Conflict Resolution

By Rachel Caldwell for EDRBlog.org “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, change” – Dr. Brené Brown Stepping into Vulnerability I recently joined fifteen peers from my professional network to participate in a workshop designed to tackle challenging topics on personal and professional values, ethics, and morals. The workshop provided a forum for us to […]

What We Can Learn from Bees About Building Consensus

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org At times, a group of outraged stakeholders can feel like a swarm of bees. Initially, stakeholders are sweet as honey . . . until they hit you with the stinger.  That’s certainly not the kind of connection between bees and collaborative problem-solving I have in mind.  But surprisingly, bees have […]

Unraveling Complex Issues – Collaboration around the Great Salt Lake

By Dianne Olson for EDRBlog.org Discussing something as significant as the Great Salt Lake involves landscape level topics such as water use among three states that impacts what flows into the lake – or – issues at the microscopic level and the unique ecosystems that thrives or perishes based on the salinity of the water. […]

Teamwork and Shared Interests to Improve Tribal Relations with the BLM in Utah

By Nate Thomas and Nizhone Meza for EDRBlog.org Starting, conducting and completing a “situation assessment” for inexperienced yet enthusiastic protégés in the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program Short Course can be an overwhelming task. Thankfully, we found a way to maximize our experience: by working together, we had someone to bounce ideas around with and someone […]