F&ES 576b

PSC: Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Skills for Environmental Professionals

Credits: 1
Spring 2017: Time and location TBA
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Public decision making takes place in an increasingly complicated and challenging policy-making environment.  Decision-making processes need to accommodate complex issues and a crowded and diverse field of stakeholders, all of whom seek a voice in the decision-making process. Process management skills are among the unsung and often untaught skills required by people working in environmental management and public policy. These skills include knowing whom to include when working on a tricky topic; planning and running good meetings; developing strong coalitions; assessing disputes well, then building sound public processes based on what you learn; and determinging when it might be helpful to have additional neutral support to assist you in resolving a complex public dispute. This course introduces students to some of the key concepts behind when and how to engage the public or key stakeholders in a productive way to address important environmental and public policy topics. Each session includes some time for presentation of theory, a small-group exercise or simulation, and large-group discussion of student and trainer experience, and is designed around real-world siutaions from the presenter's eperience as an impartial public issues mediator and facilitator. Meeting dates to be determined. Enrollment limited to twenty-five.
limited to 25 (2nd year students are given priority) Students must register for course during the registration period to be considered
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