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Weaving Collaborative Networks - 1

Weaving Collaborative Networks – 1

In an earlier post, I suggested that resolution of public policy conflict by collaborative methods might benefit from applying lessens learned from the emergence of complex networks. Both enhance the ability of individuals and organizations to solve problems they can’t manage on their own. They also seem, though, to differ sharply in many ways. Conflict […]

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What Is Conflict? Brainstorming with Mindmap – Fast!

Here is a wonderful brainstorming about conflict and peaceful resolution by students of the European Peace University (EPU). They created a YouTube page and a blog for that program. This is their introduction to this video. An experimental peace education video created by EPU Students of Fall Term 2008. Based on the World Cafè methodology, […]

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Collaboration, Dialogue and Negotiation

Collaboration, Dialogue and Negotiation

Reaching collaborative agreements is complicated and requires the favorable convergence of many factors, among them incentives, interests, politics, resources and leadership. But once the decision to collaborate is in place, the convening done and the meetings underway, the process initially depends on the quality of communication among the participants. What people say to each other […]

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Power Differences, Consensus Building & Collaborative Networks

Power Differences, Consensus Building & Collaborative Networks

Power differences among members of a collaborative effort – whether conceived as a network or a consensus building process – have long been a major concern of observers and stakeholders alike. One of the basic characteristics of these groups is their voluntary, non-coercive nature and the equal voice accorded to each participant. The fear is […]

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