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Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes

Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes by Susan Podziba, a public policy mediator and principal of Susan Podziba & Associates,” offers proven strategies for moving polarized parties to consensus solutions based on the author’s 25 years of mediation experience, including working with pro-life and pro-choice leaders to change the rhetoric of the abortion debate.” Civic Fusion occurs when people with passionately different interests and positions bond to address common public goals without sacrificing core values. The book includes stories of the abortion talks as well as […] (continue)

William D. Ruckelshaus Center

The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to act as a neutral resource for collaborative problem solving in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Center provides expertise to improve the quality and availability of voluntary collaborative approaches for policy development and multi-party dispute resolution. The Center is a joint effort of Washington’s two research universities and was developed in response to requests from community leaders. Building on the unique strengths of the two institutions, the Center is dedicated to assisting public, private, […] (continue)

Dispute Resolution Magazine

Dispute Resolution Magazine is published quarterly (4 times a year) by the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution. Dispute Resolution Magazine provides timely, insightful and resourceful information regarding the latest developments, news and trends in the growing field of dispute resolution throughout the world and features internationally-known scholars and practitioners as authors. (continue)

EPA’s Public Participation Guide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is proud to launch the “Public Participation Guide“, an international public participation toolkit. It is a resource for agencies and organizations to help develop, plan for, and implement programs that engage the public in environmental decision-making. U.S.EPA has worked on developing this guide since 2009, initially for use in the Middle East and North Africa, but with potential for global application. It has now been introduced to regions and countries around the world. The guide was developed to […] (continue)

PMLINK 360

PMLINK 360 is a web development company building web solutions for any industry that can benefit from stakeholder management software. They developed a stakeholder management system to help companies manage stakeholder interaction, increase efficiencies and streamline communications, enabling projects to be delivered on-time, on-budget and in-compliance with industry regulations. They adhere to methodologies based on simple, clean design, scalable database schema and easy, intuitive user-interface design. Learn more at www.pmlink360.com. (continue)

Spectrum of Processes for Collaboration and Consensus-Building in Public Decisions

This one-page spectrum (2008) was developed by Suzanne Orenstein, Lucy Moore and Susan Sherry, members of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of Collaboration and Consensus on Public Issues, in consideration of and inspiration from the spectra developed by International Association for Public Involvement (Public Participation Spectrum) and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (Engagement Streams Framework). While all types of processes have intrinsic value on their own, those on the right side of the spectrum tend to include early phases akin […] (continue)

Building Peace: Practical Reflections From The Field

Even though international peacebuilding has rapidly expanded in the last two decades to respond to more multi-faceted and complex conflicts, the field has lagged behind in documenting the impact and success of projects. To help address this gap, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, one of the leading networks in the field, has brought together 13 stories of innovative peacebuilding practices from around the world in Building Peace (edited by Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein). While the projects covered are diverse in nature, together they demonstrate […] (continue)

A Manager’s Guide to Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Networks

This 50-page report expands on previous Center reports by adding an important practical tool for managers in networks: how to manage and negotiate the conflicts that may occur among a network's members. The approach they describe - interest-based negotiation - has worked in other settings, such as bargaining with unions. Such negotiation techniques are becoming crucial in sustaining the effectiveness of networks, where successful performance is defined by how well people collaborate and not by hierarchical commands. (continue)

A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts

Harold Saunders, former Assistant Secretary of State and negotiator of the Camp David Accords and now Director of International Programs at the Kettering Foundation, distills over 35 years of experience working with conflicts across the globe. This book describes how sustained dialogue can help conflicting groups of citizens move toward resolution. (continue)

Can America’s Democracy Be Improved?

Ideally, the democratic process ought to "direct the exercise of political rights toward the satisfaction of interests" and operate in ways that involve and educate all relevant stakeholders . The current structure and practice of representative democracy in the United States fall short of this ideal in several ways. First, too few people are involved in a meaningful way in most decisions that affect them and their communities, and there is too much dependence on electing representatives to speak on behalf of those whom they serve. Second, there is an over-reliance on majority rule, and a lack of emphasis on forging political consensus. This means that the concerns of certain "minorities" are constantly ignored. Very little effort has been made to increase the capacity of people who disagree or come from disparate schools of thought to interact in ways that encourage deeper understanding or reconciliation of differences. (continue)

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