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:
- Welcome to the EDR Blog (Kirstin Lindstrom, Lear and Lear)
- EDR and the Built Environment: Addressing Homelessness (Shane Stroud, JD 2014, S.J. Quinney College of Law)
- Preemptive “Mediation” at Energy Conference in Helena, Montana (Britt Ide, Ide Law & Strategy)
- CDR Serves Up “A Good Bowl of Soup” (Anna Elza Brady, 2015 Masters candidate, U of U Environmental Humanities)
- Comfortable with Uncertainty: Collaboration in the Time of Forest Plan Revision (Kathleen Bond, environmental facilitator/mediator)
- Finally Sitting at the Grownups’ Table (Jim Holtkamp, Holland & Hart)
EDR Best Practices and Lessons Learned
- Collaboration and Partnerships in Public Land Management (Cheryl Probert, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest)
- Brokering Peace Between People and Prairie Dogs (Kevin D. Bunnell, UT Division of Wildlife Resources)
- What We Don’t Know About Great Salt Lake … (Rob Dubuc, Western Resource Advocates)
- Getting Past Politics on Climate Change (Carri Hulet, The Consensus Building Initiative)
- Risks were Taken in Daggett County, Reaping Public Lands Rewards for All (Michele Straube, EDR Program)
EDR Opportunities for Current Controversial Issues
- The Mountain Accord: A Model of Environmental Conflict Resolution for the Wasatch Mountains? (Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City)
- Can Litigation Provide an Opportunity for Collaboration in Capitol Reef NP? (Michele Straube, EDR Program)
- Taking a Risk in the Public Lands Debate: Dialogue about What Really Matters (Michele Straube, EDR Program)
- Collaboration is the Solution to Ozone Pollution (John Robinson Jr., JD 2014, S.J. Quinney College of Law)
Unique Human Ability for Collaboration and Dialogue
- Are We Wired to Cooperate? (Michele Straube, EDR Program)
- I Said It. (Lucy Moore, environmental mediator)
- The Wonderful Discomfort of Changing Your Mind (Kirstin Lindstrom, Lear and Lear)
- Please Take Responsibility for the Energy You Bring Into This Conversation (Michele Straube, EDR Program)
Thank You and Welcome. Many thanks to Kirstin Lindstrom, our founding blog coordinator. We look forward to more thought-provoking blog posts when she returns from her sabbatical at the end of the summer 2015.
Welcome to Mara Elana Burstein, who will take over as blog coordinator in the new year. Mara recently received an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of Public & International Affairs. Mara also has extensive experience promoting collaboration on air, water, energy and sustainability issues in California.
What would you like to read about in 2015? We have lots of new ideas to share with you in the new year (book reviews, interviews, more stories of EDR successes and challenges), but we’re always open to suggestions.
Send an email to email@example.com with topics and/or guest bloggers you’d like to hear from. Feel free to send us rebuttals, alternative views or proposed solutions to all of the topics we’ve covered so far. Or volunteer yourself as a guest blogger.
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We leave you with this thought to ponder: “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency you have.” (Jim Carrey)
!!! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year !!!
Michele Straube is Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the Wallace Stegner Center, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.