A is for A**hole

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org While preparing for a particularly difficult facilitation recently, I decided to consult my Conflict Resolution Reading List for inspiration. I rediscovered some of my favorite books and indeed went into the meeting with confidence and a smile (and the meeting went well). The first book on the list has the […]

Straube Co-Authors NR&E Article Praising iNEPA, the ‘iPhone of Environmental Review’

Michele Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center, published an article in the Summer 2015 issue of Natural Resources & Environment. Co-authored by Jessica Clement, director of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources at the Ruckelshaus Institute, Haub School of Environment […]

Straube Publishes Article on Environmental Dispute Resolution, Will Moderate Air Quality Discussion

In December 2014, Michelle Straube, Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, published an article, “Suggestions for Expanding the Use of Environmental Dispute Resolution in Utah and Beyond,” in the ABA-SEER ADR Committee Newsletter. On January 13, 2015, she will moderate the final panel discussion […]

Environmental Dispute Resolution Year in Review

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org. Since the initial EDR Blog post on March 24, 2014, we have posted 19 entries from 14 authors. Our last entry of 2014 contains a summary of our first nine months of blog posts, in case you didn’t get to read them all: General Welcome to the EDR Blog (Kirstin […]

Please Take Responsibility for the Energy You Bring Into This Conversation

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org Recent experiences have made me feel bi-polar about our capability to have respectful dialogue on environmental and natural resource issues. I realize that people speak passionately about issues on which they feel passionately. But is accusation and lack of empathy essential to maintain that passion while still engaging in a civil […]

Risks were Taken in Daggett County, Reaping Public Lands Rewards for All

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org. A landmark agreement in Daggett County demonstrates the value of dialogue on public lands issues. On October 22, negotiators jointly announced an accord that, pending Congressional approval, resolves issues that have been festering for decades. County representatives stood side-by-side at the press conference with conservation groups, off-road vehicle advocates, state […]

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 […]

Taking a Risk in the Public Lands Debate: Dialogue about What Really Matters

by Michele Straube for EDR Blog.org – Politicians on both sides of the public lands debate should be lauded for suggesting field trips. Such outings have the potential to foster true dialogue and could form the basis of a constructive problem-solving conversation. The Tribune’s August 7 editorial on this topic — “Taking a risk: Utah’s […]

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 […]

Environmental Dispute Resolution Program Assesses SLC Homeless Issues in New Report

March 13, 2014—After interviewing more than 60 disparate stakeholders and undertaking extensive research, the Wallace Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution Program’s Situation Assessment Team has compiled the results into a new report addressing homelessness and related issues in downtown Salt Lake City. Click here to read the full report, including the executive summary.  Click here to […]