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Peter Adler and The End of Mediation

Peter Adler and The End of Mediation

Peter Adler has written an article of compelling interest on the core values and direction of mediation. Provocatively entitled, The End of Mediation, this ambitious essay sets out a powerful vision for the future of the process and its practitioners. His basic point is that mediation is not a “field” or “profession” but a set […]

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Confrontation in Collaborative Meetings

Confrontation in Collaborative Meetings

Once a good friend and colleague was exchanging “war” stories with me about confrontation during the peaceful business of collaborative meetings. He assured me that he had a story that would top anything I could offer, and he was right. Here’s the brief version. I was facilitating a group that was supposed to reach agreement […]

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Who Controls Collaboration?

Who Controls Collaboration?

Who controls collaboration? That might seem a contradiction in terms since the process itself requires joint decisions by the participants. But the issue of control doesn’t go away so easily. Several months into policy negotiations with a large collaborative group, I arrived at the last planning session for a critical meeting that was to take […]

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Rich Harwood on Engaging the Public

Rich Harwood is one of the major voices arguing for basic changes in the methods of engaging the public in policy questions. Through the Harwood Institute, which he established in the 1980s, he has published numerous studies and guides on how people relate to public issues, where they seek out trustworthy information and how they […]

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Barriers to Communication - 1

Barriers to Communication – 1

The psychologist Carl Rogers observed 60 years ago that a major barrier to effective communication was the natural tendency to evaluate and judge the words and actions of others. He saw this happening not just on an individual level but also in public policy collaboration where those at the table usually represent institutions and communities […]

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Convening Collaborative Public Involvement

In this video from Policy Consensus Initiative, a Texas State Senator discusses the process he used for convening a group of public stakeholders to help address major highway issues. You can find other videos in this excellent series here. Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) builds and supports networks that provide states with leadership and capacity to […]

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