Stumbling into Collaboration: Learning to Listen from Ranchers, Elk, and Trout

By Jake Powell for EDRBlog.org In the fall of 2013, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food opened a prototype grant created to fund localized natural resource planning efforts. At the time, I worked as a watershed coordinator for the Utah Association of Conservation Districts with specific geographic responsibility for the Upper reaches of the […]

Lessons Learned in My First Year of Dispute Resolution

By Mikala Jordan for EDRBlog.org I thought I knew a thing or two about communication coming into the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan Planning master’s program.  Use active listening, practice dialogue rather than discussion: these phrases were ingrained in me from the handful of communications classes I took as an undergraduate student.  In a […]

Harvard Shares Five Tips for an Experienced Mediator

By Samuel Dinnar This post originally appeared on Mediate.com’s blog in May 2019. We are reposting it with Samuel Dinnar’s permission. If you are an experienced mediator who has mediated many disputes to a successful agreement, then you have probably established a reputation and feel confident in your mediation skills. But when was the last […]

Wisdom from the Field: Lessons for Collaborative Natural Resource Management and Community Development Partnerships

By Zoë McAlear for EDRBlog.org For practitioners working on the ground, it can be reinvigorating, inspiring, and enormously helpful to learn from others’ experiences doing similar work. A recent webinar through the America’s Rural Opportunity Speaker Series titled, “Tension as Catalyst: Land Stewardship and Development Align for a Better Rural West,” provides people working on […]

Collaboration Playlist

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org Music has so many magical properties. It can prompt memory. It can help create memories. It can access memory. It can set the mood. It can change the mood. All these characteristics are beneficial to negotiation and collaboration. So with a little help from my friends,* here is a collaboration […]

A Sea of C’s: Collective and Competing Collaboratives in Colorado

By Ch’aska Huayhuaca for EDRBlog.org Collaboration is an important tool for addressing increasingly complex environmental problems, such as those that are widespread or cross boundaries; that are prone to conflict or involve a lot of uncertainty; or which are just too expensive or difficult to tackle alone. Collaborative processes linking diverse kinds of stakeholders may […]

The Utah Resilience Map: Making Connections Between Local Sustainability Projects

By Emily Nicolosi for EDRBlog.org Online collaborative community resource mapping is a new phenomenon that helps to connect local organizations and volunteers in building more sustainable and social justice cities. One such effort, #MapJam, boasts maps of grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons in 72 cities on 6 continents, including our project […]

Do You Own Your Genetic Test Results? What About Your Temperature?

By Jorge L. ContrerasThis blog post was originally posted by Harvard Law’s Bill of Health blog. It is re-posted with permission. The popular direct-to-consumer genetic testing site AncestryDNA claims that “You always maintain ownership of your data.” But is this true?  And, if so, what does it mean? For more than a century, US law […]

A Groundbreaking Medical Procedure and Insurance

By Erika Hanson for BioLawToday.org This year will no doubt bring new innovations in medicine and technology. Many of these innovations have been in the works for a while, though, but insurance coverage of the procedures has been limited. One innovation that has been in the works is the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a […]

Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment

By Emma Frances Bloomfield for EDRBlog.org In our ongoing disputes and conversations about the environment and climate change, it becomes ever more pressing to uncover and explore obstacles to progress and policy enactment. In my forthcoming book, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment, I specifically address the sometimes productive and sometimes […]