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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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Public Involvement

Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Public involvement sometimes presents a stark contrast between community and technical knowledge. Often public agency representatives, with the best intentions of gathering information about local concerns, may arrive at a community meeting, make a presentation, but find itself facing a lot of frustrated and angry people. The meeting might end with members of the community […]

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Collaborative Leadership

A Collaborative Mindset – 2

In the earlier post on mindsets, or mental models, and how they affect collaboration, I focused on what Judith Innes and Judith Gruber call, in Planning Styles in Conflict, the technical and bureaucratic model of planning and decision-making. This is one of four models they describe in their classification. The four are: technical/bureaucratic social movement […]

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