Breakthrough Collaboration: What is It and How Do We Help Make It Happen?

By David Fairman and Stacie Nicole Smith This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on August 7, 2019. We are reposting it with David Fairman’s and Stacie Nicole Smith’s permission. CBI’s vision is “a world in which our most difficult challenges are solved through collaboration.” That seems like a fairly tall order, in […]

Thanksgiving Closure

The Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving. 

EDR Program Brings Process Innovation to You, Utah, & the Mountain West

By Nedra Chandler for EDRBlog.org Looking out my window at the Wasatch mountains today, in my new role as associate director at the Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program, I am musing about what ‘societies to match our scenery’ might require. Wallace Stegner wrote in an essay in 1969 that: “When [the West] fully […]

Righting Un-rightable Wrongs: The Difference a Decade Makes!

By Marina Piscolish, Ph.D. I wonder what my dear Hawaiian friend Jan would say about the current stance taken by Kū Kiaʻi Mauna, the protectors of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain and for many, a sacred place. The State plans to install a thirty-meter telescope (TMT) on its summit in spite of vocal opposition by […]

Nurturing Collaboration in Colorado’s Water Community: What Have We Learned?

By Ryan Golten and Daniel R. Birch This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on May 29, 2019. We are reposting it with Ryan Golten’s and Daniel R. Birch’s permission. In 1990, after over a decade of fierce opposition, EPA vetoed Denver’s proposed Two Forks Reservoir on Colorado’s South Platte River. The decision […]

In Defense of Facts: The Need to Discuss Values

By Hannah Satein for EDRBlog.org Concern about functional public discourse and decision-making has risen sharply in the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump with some questioning if we are existing in a post-truth era. Indeed, we often hear cries of “fake news” or see seemingly, to some, blatant conspiracy theories gaining widespread traction among […]

Fall Break – Library Hours

The Library will be open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm over Fall Break, October 7-11.

Building Community Resilience to Climate Change with Facilitated, Collaborative Dialogue

By Zoë McAlear for EDRBlog.org In July, I spent two days in Moab, Utah to help facilitate a workshop on how the impacts of climate change on drought and extreme precipitation may affect water supply management in the Spanish Valley. The workshop, which was organized by Western Water Assessment (WWA) with facilitation help from the […]

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (Sept 22 – 28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention […]

Less but Better: An Investment in Avoiding Unnecessary Conflict

By Danya Rumore “It is the ability to choose which makes us human.” -Madeleine L’Engle It is not often that I find myself reflecting on a book pretty much every day—and mentioning it to friends and colleagues almost as often. However, in a time when people generally seem to be stretched a little too thin, […]