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Articles, dispatches and missives from practitioners in the field about what matters in partnerships and community collaboration.

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  • My Partner Said What?!! Recognizing Conflict and Responding Effectively (Part 2 of 2)

    Peter Williams, Associate Director In the first part of this series, we talked about being “high-centered”, stuck between in the rut and ridge of a bumpy competition-conflict relationship, unable to make progress towards collaboration-partnership. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you go...

  • My Partner Said What?!! Recognizing Conflict and Responding Effectively (Part 1 of 2)

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Have you ever worked in good faith with a partner only to learn they said things that seem especially critical of your agency? You aren’t alone. And your reaction to this may range from basic frustration all the way to feelings of betrayal or believing that your...

  • Over the Horizon: Collaboration, ADR, Third-Parties, and You

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Making decisions and resolving disputes are two of the most basic human activities. Yet, aside from academics and lawyers, few people think much about the details of what is involved, especially during a collaborative process.   Today, as various federal...

  • Shining a Light on FOIA: Partnerships and Transparency

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Did you know your personal notes—maybe ones you take during a meeting with partner—are not agency records?  I’ve heard really experienced people swear otherwise, wrongly, so they end up taking poor notes out of fear that anything written could become a public...

  • What's the FACA? Federal Advisory Committee Act

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Earlier this year, I wrote about Urban Myths and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). As you may already know, there are at least as many urban myths about the Federal Advisory Committee Act, commonly abbreviated as FACA. Here, I want to give you some basics about...

  • Succession Planning for Partnerships

    Peter Williams, Associate Director Partnerships can be greatly affected when key people change. This is especially true in natural resource management agencies when a key person has important roles in many different partnerships. Perhaps you’ve seen this when a line officer or deciding official...

  • Urban Myths and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)

    Peter Williams, Associate Director I often get calls or emails about policies or laws relevant to collaboration, public engagement, or partnerships. Questions about the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) are some of the more common ones because, honestly, there are a whole bunch of urban myths around it...

  • DoD’s Sentinel Landscapes Serve Military Readiness, Conservation and Community

    Anne Desmarais, Assistant Director As the third largest federal land management agency, the Department of Defense (DoD) is an important partner in conservation. DoD owns and manages 25 M acres of land, air and water resources across the nation that are home to more than 400 federally protected...

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