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Making the Most of a Fort Collins Work Trip

Normally on my blog I share ideas for managing conflict, making the most of time in meetings, and ways that I see groups excelling at bringing out the best of one another in hard circumstances.  This week I have the opportunity to with with a team whose members are coming to Fort Collins from all … Continue reading Making the Most of a Fort Collins Work Trip

Interest Based Bargaining: Part 3

As we've seen in previous posts, calling something "Interest Based Bargaining" does not necessarily make it effective.  I would argue that some processes parading around as IBB, really shouldn't even have that name.  In fact, I've started calling the processes I use "collaborative problem-solving" to avoid the confusion of IBB all together. Today we'll delve … Continue reading Interest Based Bargaining: Part 3

Interest Based Bargaining: Pat 2

In my last post, I extolled the benefits of interest based approaches to contract negotiations.  Today we'll delve into some of the misconceptions or myths about Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) as well as some of the drawbacks or limitations of this approach. Myth: Interest Based Bargaining is Fluffy, Slow, and Inefficient One of the common … Continue reading Interest Based Bargaining: Pat 2

Interest Based Bargaining: Part 1

This fall I had the opportunity to present at the 30th conference for the Oregon Mediation Association.  In addition to getting to reconnect with friends and colleagues in Oregon and learn together with them, the conference and my workshop gave me a chance to dig into one of my professional passions, interest based bargaining (IBB). … Continue reading Interest Based Bargaining: Part 1

Difference, Dialogue, Discovery

Following one of the most divisive and difficult elections in modern history, it feels like we're now left with a country that's more divided than ever.  As a mediator and facilitator, I strive to keep my own ideological beliefs private and preserve an air of neutrality that will serve my diverse clients' needs. This is … Continue reading Difference, Dialogue, Discovery

The Morning After

It has been a hard couple of months.  Last night the conflict that has laid bare the deep fissures in our country were brought to a head.  This election's results were going to be historic regardless of the outcome.  This morning I realize this history being a much longer story than I previously acknowledged.  Although … Continue reading The Morning After

Election Armageddon: Facilitation Ideals for Debate Moderators

In case you missed it, it’s election season. While the campaign process doesn’t immediately conjure up ideas of introspection, thoughtful exchanges of ideas, and learning that facilitators typically support, there are still good lessons to be learned this fall...even from the presidential debates.   Before the first debate I spent some time blogging about how the … Continue reading Election Armageddon: Facilitation Ideals for Debate Moderators

DOVIA Colorado Conference on Volunteerism

What a day!  Today I had the honor of giving a keynote address to attendees at DOVIA's Colorado Conference on Volunteerism.  I was not surprised but SO impressed with the depth of thought and experience that participants brought to our work together.  HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers who organized the conference and to … Continue reading DOVIA Colorado Conference on Volunteerism

Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 3

We've made it!  This is the last in a series of posts about conflicts among volunteers.  I'm excited to get this post published before the start of DOVIA Colorado's Conference on Volunteerism tomorrow.  In the previous posts we've looked at common sources of conflict for volunteers who are Helpers for a Day, Sustaining Supporters, (Part … Continue reading Conflict in Volunteerism: Part 3