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Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution

The Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) uses collaborative processes and the science of human relations to help government and stakeholders improve relationships, build trust, and develop wise and durable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. 

Difficult public policy issues are complex and the public does and should have differing ideas about how to solve them. The trouble arises when we lose the belief that we have shared values and lose the trust and relationships necessary to bridge these divides. Conflict itself isn’t a problem but dealing with conflict effectively is key to a healthy democracy.

See How Collaborative Problem Solving Works
Length: 7:06 Direct Link
Bridging Divides
Watch Collaborative Problem Solving in Action
Length: 6:59 Direct Link
City of Falcon Heights Case Study

News and Notes

Bridging Divides online training session available!  OCDR recently recorded a two-session ‘Bridging Divides’ training in partnership with the Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities, and Sourcewell in Staples, MN. The recorded trainings and additional materials are available on the OCDR trainings page.

The Dispute Resolution Institute Press has published Reflections: Weaving Threads to Strengthen the Fabric of Our Communities. The publication includes is a section authored by OCDR Director Mariah Levison.

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