What Lessons Are You Learning from Madame C?

By Nedra Chandler and Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org Dear Readers, During these uncertain times, we have all had to adapt how we do our day-to-day activities and how we are being in our lives. This adaptation can be reactionary—changing how we do things without intention or awareness. Or the shifts we make can be intentional—responding […]

Bridging the Rural/Urban Divide on the Environment

By Robert Bonnie President Trump’s recent weakening of rules governing protections of wetlands and streams is the latest salvo in a four-decade battle over the Clean Water Act. Americans greatly value protecting clean water. Yet the Act remains in regulatory purgatory, with successive Democratic and Republican administrations taking turns broadening and narrowing its reach. Perhaps […]

Maintaining Utah’s Collaboration Culture in a Time of Social Distancing

By Mikala Jordan for EDRBlog.org In Utah, collaboration is no mere buzzword: it is a culture. At the three dozen inter-agency meetings, workshops, or conferences I’ve attended in the last eleven months as an urban planner for a local government entity in Utah, speakers began by expressing gratitude for the teamwork that enabled a successful […]

Pipeline Construction: When Safety Goes Global

By Patrick Field and Osamu Kumasaka This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog on February 12, 2020. We are reposting it with Patrick Field’s and Osamu Kumasaka’s permission. Climate Change is Fueling the Debate Energy pipeline projects in North America have been increasingly inciting opposition, sometimes vehement, over the past decade. Pipelines have […]

Can we live with building confidence in the process?

By Susan Podziba To me, trust has always been a heavy request – although most will say that mediators seek to build trust with and among parties.  I’ve often tried to see the world through the eyes of a party and wondered: Is it rational to give over trust to a stranger, who may seem […]

I ? Conflict!

By Martha C Bean After decades serving as a public policy mediator, I have learned to introduce myself with this greeting: “Good morning. I’m your mediator, and I love conflict!” Those sitting around the negotiating table raise their eyebrows; there are some awkward chuckles. People glance at their neighbors. I continue: “I’d like you to […]

Liberating Structures: Change Methods for Everybody Every Day

By Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless This post originally appeared on Medium on February 21, 2020. We are reposting a summarized version of it with Henri Lipmanowicz’s and Keith McCandless’ permission. Liberating [verb]: to set free from imposed, controlling structures Structures [noun]: simple rules that specify how people are included and participate Based on our […]

Six Guidelines for “Getting to Yes”

By Katie Shonk This post originally appeared on Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s Daily Blog on September 12, 2019. We are reposting it with the Program on Negotiation’s permission. In their revolutionary book Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Penguin, 3rd edition, 2011), Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton introduced the […]

Apply for the Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Nedra Chandler “Anyone who works with people on environmental issues will benefit from taking the course. The curriculum explores how and why people become committed to positions on environmental issues as well as tools you can use to open up dialogue about those positions. After taking the Short Course, I feel much more confident about […]

Moderating Mentor and Career Development Conference Panel in Conflict Resolution

By Claire Turpel Chase Culminating months of emails and conference calls with some people I knew and several I had never met, all of us strewn across the country, I was moderating a panel on mentoring and career development at the Association for Conflict Resolution 2019 annual conference. We had intentionally created a diverse panel […]