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Can improved collaboration resolve environmental disputes in the west?

A new 3-part initiative launched this month by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program aims to support the use of collaboration by agencies working on environmental and natural resource issues in the west. The  University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program has quietly […]

So Little Time, So Many Expectations—Are they Manageable??

By Cherie Shanteau-Wheeler for EDRblog.org. For several years my role has been as a mediator, facilitator and/or attorney working in complex, multi-party environmental settings. I have finally faced facts—people are living in their own fantasy worlds. You are all laughing at me already, right? “Really?” You say. “She has just figured this out?” I am […]

Ready or Not: Enhancing the Readiness of Communities to Prepare for and Manage Climate-Related Risks

By Danya Rumore for EDRblog.org. Climate change can no longer be avoided. Here in the mountain west, this will mean more frequent and more severe drought and wildfire. Along most of the U.S. coast, the future will almost certainly bring considerably worse flooding due to sea level rise and more intense storms. Communities need to take […]

A is for A**hole

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org While preparing for a particularly difficult facilitation recently, I decided to consult my Conflict Resolution Reading List for inspiration. I rediscovered some of my favorite books and indeed went into the meeting with confidence and a smile (and the meeting went well). The first book on the list has the […]

Let’s Be Honest: Doing Group Processes Right

By Renette Anderson for EDRBlog.org. It seems intuitive: Vocal opposition to an issue? Bring the sides together in a problem-solving group. It’s the best way to resolve an issue. But is it? It depends. If you, as an organizational lead or consultant, have the time and are really willing to entertain multiple points of view […]

Still Brokering Peace… Between People and Prairie Dogs

By Kevin Bunnel for EDRblog.com. It’s been over a year since my Prairie Dog EDR Blog highlighted the collaborative effort that helped develop the Federal Low-effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Utah Prairie Dog in Residential and Commercial Development Areas of Iron County, Utah. Since then, the process took an unexpected turn but has still […]

Bridging a Utah Cultural Divide: What’s Environmental Education Got to do With it?

by Paul Parker for EDRblog.org.  With over 100 groups, involved in environmental education (EE) in Utah, why don’t we talk to each other about issues and best practices? More than 50 environmental, government and educational leaders met to share their experiences and expertise in environmental education   This is exactly what HawkWatch International and the […]

The Value of Iterative NEPA and Collaboration

By David Loomis & Jay Strand “Iterative and collaborative design are complementary, as at each increment various stakeholders are consulted. These methods do not map easily to the policy maze and institutional hierarchies that currently make up the apparatus of . . . planning.” – Anil Bawa-Cavia In 1970, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy […]

Ingenious EDR Designs are Human Centered

“When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.” –Melinda Gates, Wired Magazine, November 2013 As organizations, agencies, and governments become more aware of the ever-rising cost of conflict (in economic, […]

Open Discussion is the Answer

By Jim Keyes for EDRblog.org. As human beings we have the ability to form thoughts and ideas in our mind. If not expressed, these notions remain our private property indefinitely. These surreptitious concepts are a little like the unknown plant that grows somewhere in the world that holds the cure for cancer. If we never […]