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One of the most important challenges facing civilization is how its natural resources will be used and protected. Too often polarization and litigation cause results with which no one is truly satisfied. Enemies are made, lines are drawn and both people and the environment are degraded.
Resolving Environmental Conflict explains the transformative approach toward facilitation. It shows how to help parties empower themselves to define the issues and decide the settlement on their own terms and on their own time through better understanding of one another's perspectives.
The transformative approach allows a conflict's outcome to be decided solely by the participants even though resolution may not take place for some months after facilitation is complete. Inherent in the solution is a shared vision for the community without which sustainability is not possible.
Beyond shared vision, this book examines notions of development, sustainability, and community and the synergism of ecology, culture and economic needs that promote a healthy environment enriching the lives of all its inhabitants.
PART 1. RESOLVING DESTRUCTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT Chapter 1. Approaches to Facilitation Facilitation at the Crossroad A Brief Look at the Facilitation I Practice Chapter 2. Conflict is a Choice What is a Right?
The Equality of Differences Environmental Justice is Predicated on Human Equality Perceived Resource Scarcity Accentuates Destructive Environmental Conflict Resource Overexploitation, A Matter of Perceived Loss Destructive Conflict is a Mistake Destructive Conflict is Usually Based on the Misjudgment of Appearances Chapter 3. Environmental Principles-The Need to Know and the Fear of Knowing All Resources are Interconnected, Interactive, and Ultimately Finite Nature Keeps its Own Scorecard Nature is Governed by Impartial Laws Destructive Conflict Over a Given Resource Lies in Its Perceived Value Change-The Dynamic Constant Chapter 4. The Human Equation A Child's Gift We Take Our Families with Us Dysfunctional Family Dynamics Lead to Ongoing Destructive Conflict Homeostasis is Designed to Hide Dysfunction Boundaries, The Silent Language Coping Mechanisms, Unconscious Thoughts that Manifest asRecognizable Behaviors The Capacity for Rational Thought Everyone is Right From His or Her Point of View Acceptance of Circumstances Offers the Choices of What Might Be Chapter 5. Communication, the Interpersonal Element Language as a Tool The Use of Silence in Communication The Need to Be Heard The Basic Elements of Communication Communication Barriers Inability to Transfer Experiences from One Situation to Another Chapter 6. The Process is the Decision Faith in the Process is Belief in the Outcome The Primacy of Process Perception is Truth Reframing the Issue Chapter 7. Conflict is a Learning Partnership I Am at All Times a Guest and a Leader Simultaneously The Continual Learning Curve Assisting Parties in Clarifying and Resolving Their Conflict Chapter 8. Practicing Transformative Facilitation Compromise and the Point of Balance A Curriculum of Compassion and Justice Facilitation as a Gift is Free, But as a Trade Has a Cost Chapter 9. Resolution-Destructive Conflict Brought to a Shared Vision Who are we as a Culture?
What Legacy Do We Want to Leave our Children?
Vision, Goals, and Objectives PART II. BEYOND DESTRUCTIVE CONFLICT, SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Chapter 10. Sustainable Development Sustainable Development within the Context of our World View Sustainable Development, A Conscious Process of Self-Determination and Social Evolution At What Scale is Sustainable Development Possible?
Chapter 11. Local Community Development Is Local Community the Appropriate Scale for Sustainable Development?
Understanding Local Community Development Sustainable Community Development Chapter 12. Modifying Our Belief Systems Regarding Change Index