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Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Culture and Conflict Resolution

Image credit: Martin Bangemann – Fotolia.com Stephanie West Allen recently posted an informative article at Brains on Purpose on neuroscience research about the ways in which brains of people in different cultures function in distinctive ways. References to her own earlier posts, especially What’s Universal in Mediation, as well as the work of Geert Hofstede […]

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Capacity Building

The Need for Collaborative Capacity

Increasingly, leaders and managers are looking to collaborative methods for dealing with contentious policy issues. When making a first attempt, they may well recognize that success takes a lot more than bringing people together to talk. They know they need guidance. The solution is often to call on a professional mediator or facilitator to design […]

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Consensus Building Networks

Weaving Collaborative Networks – 2

I want to pick up the theme of the last post in this series and explore the relationship between public policy consensus building for purposes of conflict resolution and the formation and growth of self-organizing networks. Although there are many differences, both have similar long-term goals and can complement each other effectively. In the earlier […]

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Networks

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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Collaboration Practice

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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Collaborative Governance Consensus Building

Implementing Consensus Agreements – 1

Reaching agreement is the emotional high point of a consensus-seeking process. It often follows a period of difficult and intense negotiations and may represent a major breakthrough in relationships among long-warring groups. However, implementation is the real test of the effectiveness and durability of any agreement, and there are many potential obstacles that can frustrate […]

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