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Methods & Tools Visualization

Hans Rosling: Effective Presentation of Visual Information

Some Rights Reserved by GapMinder.org Information Overload Members of a collaborative policy process usually need technical information on major issues before setting to work. For a layperson , however, most of the presentations that try to provide this background are – let’s face it – boring. The content is fine, but it’s offered up in […]

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Consensus Building

Barriers to Dialogue and Consensus Building

There are many potential barriers to dialogue and consensus building. One is lack of familiar on the part of stakeholders with the meaning of dialogue and what it requires. (My working definition: the kind of honest talk that makes agreement possible. ) Related to that is the tendency of some participants to resort to strategies, […]

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Collaboration Practice

The Politics of Consensus

In many mediation contexts, consensus means one thing: 100% agreement. In commercial, domestic, consumer, neighborhood and other settings, the parties who come to the table are exactly those whose agreement is essential to resolution of a dispute relating to clearly defined issues. They can be representing themselves, or their attorneys may be negotiating for them. […]

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