Harvard Shares Five Tips for an Experienced Mediator

By Samuel Dinnar This post originally appeared on Mediate.com’s blog in May 2019. We are reposting it with Samuel Dinnar’s permission. If you are an experienced mediator who has mediated many disputes to a successful agreement, then you have probably established a reputation and feel confident in your mediation skills. But when was the last […]

Wisdom from the Field: Lessons for Collaborative Natural Resource Management and Community Development Partnerships

By Zoë McAlear for EDRBlog.org For practitioners working on the ground, it can be reinvigorating, inspiring, and enormously helpful to learn from others’ experiences doing similar work. A recent webinar through the America’s Rural Opportunity Speaker Series titled, “Tension as Catalyst: Land Stewardship and Development Align for a Better Rural West,” provides people working on […]

Collaboration Playlist

By Michele Straube for EDRBlog.org Music has so many magical properties. It can prompt memory. It can help create memories. It can access memory. It can set the mood. It can change the mood. All these characteristics are beneficial to negotiation and collaboration. So with a little help from my friends,* here is a collaboration […]

A Sea of C’s: Collective and Competing Collaboratives in Colorado

By Ch’aska Huayhuaca for EDRBlog.org Collaboration is an important tool for addressing increasingly complex environmental problems, such as those that are widespread or cross boundaries; that are prone to conflict or involve a lot of uncertainty; or which are just too expensive or difficult to tackle alone. Collaborative processes linking diverse kinds of stakeholders may […]

The Utah Resilience Map: Making Connections Between Local Sustainability Projects

By Emily Nicolosi for EDRBlog.org Online collaborative community resource mapping is a new phenomenon that helps to connect local organizations and volunteers in building more sustainable and social justice cities. One such effort, #MapJam, boasts maps of grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons in 72 cities on 6 continents, including our project […]

Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment

By Emma Frances Bloomfield for EDRBlog.org In our ongoing disputes and conversations about the environment and climate change, it becomes ever more pressing to uncover and explore obstacles to progress and policy enactment. In my forthcoming book, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment, I specifically address the sometimes productive and sometimes […]

Trust – An Essential Collaborative Component

By Dianne Olson “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”  – Stephen R. Covey Never had words rung so true as did Stephen R. Covey’s in his book with Rebecca E. Merrill in The Speed of Trust: The One Thing […]

It’s not Federal Overreach, It’s Federal Under-Listening: Lessons from Rural Oregon

By Katherine Daly for EDRBlog.org The EDR Program interviewed Peter Walker, Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, about his 2018 book Sagebrush Collaboration: How Harney County Defeated the Takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The book argues that the militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, in 2016 […]

Do Cows Come to Consensus? Exploring What Humans and Animals Might Have in Common When it Comes to Dispute Resolution

By Leanne Bernstein Do elephants experience empathy? Do artic foxes argue? Do narwhals negotiate? Do raccoons reconcile? Dr. Frans de Waal explores these ideas in his recent book, Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves. Dr. de Waal, a Dutch-American biologist and primatologist, has been studying animal emotions for decades. […]

Why “Progress” Fits Natural Resource Conflict Management Better than “Success”

By Steve Daniels for EDRBlog.org As a practicing environmental facilitator/mediator, I am frequently asked if a process succeeded; it seems politicians and the news media are particularly fond of that question. But a research project that I did many years ago, combined with my own practical experience, have convinced me that in many situations “making […]