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Bridging a Utah Cultural Divide: What’s Environmental Education Got to do With it?

by Paul Parker for EDRblog.org.  With over 100 groups, involved in environmental education (EE) in Utah, why don’t we talk to each other about issues and best practices? More than 50 environmental, government and educational leaders met to share their experiences and expertise in environmental education   This is exactly what HawkWatch International and the […]

The Value of Iterative NEPA and Collaboration

By David Loomis & Jay Strand “Iterative and collaborative design are complementary, as at each increment various stakeholders are consulted. These methods do not map easily to the policy maze and institutional hierarchies that currently make up the apparatus of . . . planning.” – Anil Bawa-Cavia In 1970, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy […]

Ingenious EDR Designs are Human Centered

“When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.” –Melinda Gates, Wired Magazine, November 2013 As organizations, agencies, and governments become more aware of the ever-rising cost of conflict (in economic, […]

Open Discussion is the Answer

By Jim Keyes for EDRblog.org. As human beings we have the ability to form thoughts and ideas in our mind. If not expressed, these notions remain our private property indefinitely. These surreptitious concepts are a little like the unknown plant that grows somewhere in the world that holds the cure for cancer. If we never […]

Book Review – Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.org. Diane Musho Hamilton’s new book, Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, is deeply personal and practically useful. It gives readers the overwhelming feeling that everything truly is workable. She helps her audience see the benefit of disputes—an opportunity to change and grow—while providing a road map to navigate […]

Straube Praises Daggett County Land-Use Accord in Deseret News Op-Ed

In a November 9, 2014 Deseret News op-ed, Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, stresses the importance of dialogue in resolving land-use issues. To support her argument, Straube uses the example of a […]

Comfortable with Uncertainty: Collaboration in the Time of Forest Plan Revision

By Kathleen Bond for EDR Blog.org. What’s the key to involving stakeholders in the plan revision process? Be adaptive, flexible, and strive to provide a meaningful, substantive experience for both the Forest and participants. The Cibola National Forest (Forest) New Mexico is one of eight national forests selected to be an early adopter of the new […]

The Mountain Accord: A Model of Environmental Conflict Resolution for the Wasatch Mountains?

By Mayor Ralph Becker for EDR Blog.org Our urban communities adjacent to the Central Wasatch Mountains have an intimate and interdependent relationship with the mountains.  In essence, our health, security, and economic prosperity are dependent on this mountain range. They provide clean drinking water, clean air, diverse recreational opportunities, and landscape-scale habitat protection. And, as […]

Are We Wired to Cooperate?

By Michele Straube for EDR Blog.org Maybe, maybe not … but if not, our brains are easily re-wired to cooperate. I recently participated in a panel discussion on Group Decision-Making as part of the Symposium on Science & Literature, co-sponsored (cooperatively, of course) by multiple University of Utah departments; the symposium co-directors came from Mathematics and […]

Collaboration and Partnerships in Public Land Management

By Cheryl Probert  for EDR Blog.org Partnerships and collaboration seem to be all the rage in public land management.  But do the feds truly understand what collaboration is or how to set up a sustainable partnership?  Having recently muddled through setting up and trying to sustain a collaborative partnership on public lands, I would say that we […]