Tapping into the Multiplicity of Diverse Approaches for Collaboration on Public Issues: Making Strategic Choices
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:30pm 3:00 pm

Suzanne G. Orenstein (Moderator) - Independent Facilitator and Mediator
Jonas Minton - California Planning and Conservation League
Evan Paul - AmericaSpeaks
Susan Springer - Intrinsic Consulting, LLC

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

Conflict resolution and collaboration have matured in the types of processes and neutral support that are available for use in any given public policy collaboration effort. The design of collaboration processes on public issues can range from civic engagement and public involvement, to creation of forums for dialogue and deliberation, to negotiated decision-making processes. This session will involve presenters with experiences in combining collaborative approaches to address complex problems. It will also include an exercise in which participants provide examples of processes that will be mapped across the full spectrum of collaboration options. The session will address several critical diagnostic questions: How does a public official who desires to create a collaborative forum determine what formats are best for his or her policy decision? How does he or she weigh critical factors such as level of controversy, scope of desired input, scale of the collaboration, timing of the collaboration within the decision-making process and the desired outcome?

Primary Target Audience(s): Corporate Entities/Resource Users ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal) Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians Non-governmental Organizations

Ad Hoc WG Vision Document
Spectrum of Processes 2008
Tapping into the Multiplicity of Diverse Approaches - Agenda