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So Little Time, So Much to Read: Conflict Management Blogs I Follow

By Michele Straube It’s class prep time in academia, and I’ve been looking through my “new topics” collection to update my Conflict Management lesson plans. It quickly became apparent that there are a few blogs and listservs that are my “go-to” reading on communication, negotiation and conflict management skills, and collaborative process best practices. I’ll […]

Apply for Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org. If my sense of reality about the discourse around environmental and natural resources (ENR) issues was limited to what I read in the news, I’d be worried.  Hostile takeovers at a wildlife refuge in Oregon.  Heated debate at Utah’s legislature about whether or not to sue the federal government.  Trash […]

Straube and Environmental Dispute Resolution Program work on homeless services sites featured in Deseret News

Michele Straube, director of the  University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, was featured in a recent article in the Deseret News about her work on Salt Lake City’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission. The article explores Straube’s work as a “conflict coach” in mediating the complex discussions associated with finding […]

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 […]

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 […]

Straube Co-Authors NR&E Article Praising iNEPA, the ‘iPhone of Environmental Review’

Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center, published an article in the Summer 2015 issue of Natural Resources & Environment. Co-authored by Jessica Clement, director of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources at the Ruckelshaus Institute, Haub School of Environment […]

Straube Publishes Article on Environmental Dispute Resolution, Will Moderate Air Quality Discussion

In December 2014, Michelle Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, published an article, “Suggestions for Expanding the Use of Environmental Dispute Resolution in Utah and Beyond,” in the ABA-SEER ADR Committee Newsletter. On January 13, 2015, she will moderate the final panel discussion […]

Environmental Dispute Resolution Year in Review

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org. Since the initial EDR Blog post on March 24, 2014, we have posted 19 entries from 14 authors. Our last entry of 2014 contains a summary of our first nine months of blog posts, in case you didn’t get to read them all: General Welcome to the EDR Blog (Kirstin […]

Please Take Responsibility for the Energy You Bring Into This Conversation

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org Recent experiences have made me feel bi-polar about our capability to have respectful dialogue on environmental and natural resource issues. I realize that people speak passionately about issues on which they feel passionately. But is accusation and lack of empathy essential to maintain that passion while still engaging in a civil […]

Risks were Taken in Daggett County, Reaping Public Lands Rewards for All

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org. A landmark agreement in Daggett County demonstrates the value of dialogue on public lands issues. On October 22, negotiators jointly announced an accord that, pending Congressional approval, resolves issues that have been festering for decades. County representatives stood side-by-side at the press conference with conservation groups, off-road vehicle advocates, state […]