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Report Sponsored by the Tremaine Foundation: Collaborative Process: Better Outcomes for All of Us

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

In the fall of 2000, Meridian Institute, the Sonoran Institute, and the Northern Lights Institute met to collaboratively develop a strategy for improving communication about the value of collaborative processes for conservation efforts and community building. The meeting was convened by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


After the meeting, the four organizations asked Belden Russonello & Stewart Research and Communications (BRS) to conduct a series of confidential interviews with decision makers in the western United States to gain insight regarding the methods they employ to resolve environmental conflicts, as well as their views about the use of collaborative processes in these situations. BRS published a report on their findings in 2001, titled Collaborative Process: Better Outcomes for All of Us.


The report describes how collaborative approaches are seen by the diverse set of respondents and articulates ways to effectively communicate about the value of collaboration. The report was distributed to decision makers and opinion leaders, particularly in the West. It was of special interest to dispute resolution practitioners, as well as to leaders in government, business, and environmental nonprofit organizations. The report is available for download in the documents section.

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