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EDR Program offers course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

The Wallace Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program is offering a short course on effective natural resource collaboration. The course consists of six 1.5-day sessions held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The program received $5,000 in scholarship support from the Huntsman Corporation and $5,000 from the The I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Charitable Foundation. Application […]

Let Those Affected By Decisions Really Affect Those Decisions

By Larry Schooler for EDRblog.org There’s a lot that our government could do beyond giving people three minutes at a public-hearing podium. “This is America. We want to make it easier for people to participate.” So said President Obama in his final State of the Union address. Beyond the partisan divides around some of the […]

Four Principles of Conflict Resolution and Collaboration

By Dan Adams for EDRblog.org. This month marks my 20th anniversary of being a mediator and facilitator! I have been pondering my career, assessing my experiences, and thinking about areas in which I want to grow and develop. I also recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate the Utah Forum on Collaboration on November 19, 2015. […]

Civity: The Other Keystone XL Story

By Palma Strand for EDRblog.org On November 6, 2015, President Obama endorsed a decision by the U.S. State Department that the Keystone XL Pipeline – “a pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil through our heartland to ports in the Gulf of Mexico and out into the world market” – would not serve the national […]

Rumore’s MIT Research Cited on ClimateWire

The research of Danya Rumore, Associate Director of the College of Law’s Environmental Dispute Resolution program, was cited on a ClimateWire story, “Small coastal towns get their feet wet in climate change planning.” Rumore was part of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Consensus Building Institute team working to help coastal communities collaboratively move forward […]

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 […]