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Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution Conference

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

In May 1999, the Environmental and Public Policy Sector of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) hosted their 6th Annual Mid-Year Conference. More than 100 mediators and users of collaborative processes attended the meeting. The Conference was co-chaired by Meridian Partner Todd Barker, and Meridian Senior Partner Connie Lewis served on the Conference Planning Committee.


The conference focused primarily on: (1) increasing the diversity of mediators in the environmental and public policy mediation field; and (2) better understanding the viewpoints of those individuals and organizations who have been critical of collaborative processes. Don Edwards, a facilitator who has worked with Meridian on several projects, participated in a panel discussion on increasing diversity in the environmental mediation field.

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