A Scene from Tribal Headquarters at Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and the Value of Readiness Checking

By Nedra Chandler & Diana Hammer There they were: in a bright, spacious room at Tribal Headquarters on a February day, a group of 14 individuals gathered to discuss the burned, abandoned properties in downtown Poplar, Montana. Prior to this meeting, a readiness check process (aka situation assessment) had been conducted to ensure that the […]

Floods, Fires, Drought and More: The Climate is Changing and Dispute Resolution Tools are Needed (Now!)

By Lara B. Fowler This post originally appeared on Indisputably, the Dispute Resolution Law Professors Blog as part of the Theory-of-Change Symposium on January 19, 2020. We are reposting a revised version of the blog with the author’s permission. The Crisis and Opportunities in Climate Change As I watch the news from California of the […]

Changing Consultation for the Better: Two Case Examples

By Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Kathy Lynn, and Kyle Whyte for EDRBlog.org This blog post is the second of a two-part blog series and is based on the authors’ forthcoming article on the same topic published by the U.C. Davis Law Review. We are posting a summarized version of the article in two parts with U.C. […]

Changing Consultation for the Better: An Ethics and Partnership Perspective

By Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Kathy Lynn, and Kyle Whyte for EDRBlog.org This blog post is the first of a two-part blog series and is based on the authors’ forthcoming article on the same topic published by the U.C. Davis Law Review. We are posting a summarized version of the article in two parts with U.C. […]

What is this Situation Ready For? Readiness Checking in 5 Steps

By Nedra Chandler for EDRBlog.org People, conflict situations or other messy public decisions are always ready for something. The overarching questions are ‘what’ and ‘how.’ “What are they ready for?” and “how do people — and their governments and their organizations — engage with the specific issues, and with each other, now, and next?” Here […]

Lessons Learned from the Probletunity of Madame C: Outer and Inner Work

By Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org As EDR Program Associate Director Nedra Chandler and I wrote in our “What Lessons are You Learning from Madame C?” blog earlier this summer, the coronavirus pandemic has presented all sorts of challenges and related opportunities (or what we call “probletunities”). One of the probletunities we have found amid the […]

Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic for Environmental Governance

By Erin Ryan This post originally appeared on the Rachel Carson Center’s Blog Seeing the Woods on May 31, 2020. We are reposting it with Seeing the Wood’s and Erin Ryan’s permission. The coronavirus pandemic offers lessons for leaders on every level about how—and how not— to manage complex interjurisdictional challenges, like the environment, which […]

Cultural Conflicts in the Covid-19 Era

By Katie Shonk This post originally appeared on Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s Daily Blog on June 1, 2020. We are reposting it with the Program on Negotiation’s permission. During the Covid-19 pandemic, new types of conflict are arising. People are arguing on Facebook or Twitter about whether stay-at-home orders have gone too far. […]

After Floyd killing, we need a truth and reconciliation commission on race and policing

These commissions often accomplish what courts can’t, such as public accountability and admissions of wrongdoing, and impetus for reforms and progress. By Larry Schooler This post originally appeared on USA Today on June 7, 2020. We are reposting it with USA Today’s and Larry Schooler’s permission. The instinct for many Americans with deeply felt grievances […]

Novel Conditions, but Classic Advice: Wisdom for Corona-induced Collaboration

The Wallace Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program recognizes that the coronavirus has created a wide range of challenges. We also think it has created an opportunity to reflect on how we operate as individuals and as a society and to be more intentional in our lives. To inspire reflection and intentionality, we are […]