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Methods & Tools

A Note on Humor and Consensus Building

Every conference I’ve ever attended in the field of conflict resolution has featured some sort of organized discussion about the role of humor in mediation. These sessions are often quite analytical and serious, but occasionally a workshop is held that’s entertaining because the facilitators are demonstrating rather than describing their approach. It always seems, though, […]

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Collaborative Governance Consensus Building

Implementing Consensus Agreements – 2

As I summarized briefly in the last post, Bill Leach has identified 20 design principles for implementing consensus agreements. Of course, some are difficult to apply in practice, in part because of the great variety of local issues, conditions and competing interests. While many of the principles are established practice in consensus building, some represent […]

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Networks

Networks and Collaboration

Networks have been a hot topic for several years and with good reason. Their widespread and varied uses have the potential to change the way business gets done, and those changes are having an impact on governance as well. In fact, the term “governance” is coming to mean the networking among public, private and nonprofit […]

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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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