Breaking Down Silos: The Inception of the Utah Rural Coordinating Council

By Jordan Katcher The term “breaking down silos” has been around for a while now, but what does that actually look like? Are we building tin can telephones from silo to silo? Using sledgehammers and pickaxes to construct tunnels? Or are we just waiting for the Big Bad Wolf to blow it all down? The […]

A High-Wire Act: Mediating High Conflict Online

By Bennett Brooks and Patrick Field This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on September 10, 2020. We are reposting it with Bennett Brooks’ and Patrick Field’s permission. As COVID-19 drives our longstanding work with stakeholders, advisory committees, and others onto online platforms, we also are being forced to mediate our most challenging […]

Using Principled Negotiation to Resolve Disagreements

By Katie Shonk This post originally appeared on Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s Daily Blog on December 28, 2020. We are reposting it with the Program on Negotiation’s permission. Principled negotiation allows you to leverage the principles of your opponent to win a negotiation. Parties can often reach a better agreement through integrative negotiation—that […]

Cultivating Dignity in a Year of Rupture

By Merrick Hoben This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on October 5, 2020. We are reposting it with Merrick Hoben’s permission. If the scale of this year’s global health crisis, economic turbulence, social justice uprisings, and climate extremes indicates anything, it’s that there’s an undeniable need to move not just our hearts […]

Creating Space for Understanding

By Heather Stokes I have always been interested in what motivates people. What connects us, what divides us, and why? Increasingly, I feel we are more invested in our divisions than our common ground. But a recent experience reminded me that common ground still exists. The debate in Montana over grizzly bears has exemplified division. […]

Apply For the Short Course on Natural Resources Collaboration

    Photo credit: Dwight Butler By Nedra Chandler for EDRBlog.org “The Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration has been an amazing opportunity for me as a professional. The practical skills and concepts presented are invaluable for work settings as well as in life situations—not to mention the tremendous value in developing a peer-to-peer […]

Leveraging the Gains of Collaborative Practice

By Daniel Kemmis I still remember an episode that occurred during one of my early terms in the Montana House of Representatives, back in the 1970s.  I don’t recall the specific issue being debated, but for some reason, I thought it germane to mention my upbringing on a small family farm in eastern Montana.  What […]

Illuminating Collaborative Leadership

By Deb Halliday This post originally appeared on Halliday and Associates’ website on September 26, 2020. We are reposting it with the Deb Halliday’s permission. On cultivating mindset and aligning intention for effective community change This blog is based on a workshop I conducted at the Montana Nonprofit Association Resolve 2020 virtual conference. What’s the […]

Invitation to Join Our Efforts in 2021

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi Dear EDR Blog readers: Now more than ever, we are convinced that people need to—and can—work together to make change for the better. Doing so, we believe, will require that we all invest in our self-awareness and skills for dialogue, […]

Leaders should seek cooperation and collaboration, not compromise

By Michele Straube This post originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on November 13, 2020. We are reposting it with Salt Lake Tribune’s and Michele Straube’s permission. Almost immediately after news agencies called the election for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, pundits and others were talking about the need to work […]