Dialogue in an Era of Divisiveness: ACR 2013 Conference

On LinkedIn, I joined the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, and they posted this meeting announcement for the Association for Conflict Resolution Environment and Public Policy Section 2013 meeting in Washington, D.C.. The title is “Dialogue in an Era of Divisiveness” which sounds very germane to the goals of this blog. Here’s a link …

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“How to Respond to Criticism” by Fred Kofman

Now, I am not a particular fan of Linkedin. It seems like it’s always on the edge of virus-like behavior, and doing unwanted things. At one point I must have clicked the wrong key and it sent messages inviting everyone I knew and also that of my husband. I got so mad at them I …

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Dogwood Alliance and International Paper Find Common Ground

Peace is breaking out all over.. Here’s the link… Dogwood Alliance and International Paper Find Common Ground Work to Focus on Forest Conservation in Southeastern United States MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 10, 2013– International Paper, the world’s largest paper company and Dogwood Alliance, one of the Southern United States leading forest conservation organizations, announced an agreement …

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When a Preservationist Joins a Collaborative Group

Without making any value judgements here, I find this collection of meeting summaries to be fascinating. Chad Hanson is a full member of the Dinkey Collaborative Group, working to create a better future for the Sierra National Forest. It will be very interesting to see how this process will evolve, with Hanson’s input solidly in …

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Conflict Resolution Learning, The Four Agreements, and Moving the Goalposts

So, for now, it’s hard for you all to go back through past posts. Fortunately, I can and I found one that I think has been overlooked again, again from John, who got me started on the ESA post here. I think John hit on a rich vein of gold for discussion, that may end …

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Science synthesis to help guide land management of nation’s forests

Key findings from the synthesis were: Efforts to promote resilience of socioecological systems increasingly consider the interaction of social values and ecological processes in pursuit of long-term mutual benefits and social learning for local communities and larger social networks. Research indicates that strategic placement of treatments to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and to restore fire …

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Winter Reflection

It is especially so, in a profession like forestry, that some of us get a chance to reflect on what has happened, and what might happen. Some of us find other ways of being outdoors and enjoying nature. My winter “data collection” involves sampling, organizing and capturing millions of scenic “data points” in a pleasing …

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“Scientific Integrity” and Klamath Dam Fish Fight

People disagree; scientists disagree, and yet people have to manage them, and data, and interpersonal, supervisor and inter-institutional bad chemistry, dislikes, vendettas and power struggles. It’s not easy to do that. In my view, real “scientific integrity” involves QA/QC, and data and review that are open and transparent. Anyway, I just saw the Nature article …

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Can we bridge the ideological divide on crucial conservation issues? The Science of Conversion

Check out this post on Bob Berwyn’s blog. Some thoughts: 1. If you had read Doug Bevington’s book (recommended reading), you wouldn’t see the polarization between parties as “astounding.” According to that book, it was the conscious choice of national and other green groups to ally themselves with one party. 2. Believing that people are …

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