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Download Chapter 1. Bridging Divides: A View from the Minnesota State Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (663 KB)

Download Chapter 2. “Who are you and why do you get to run the meeting?” Reflections on Facilitator Identity and the Management of Complex Public Disputes (503 KB)

Download Chapter 3. Minnesota Government Recognizes Meaningful Civic Engagement as Means to Create a More Inclusive Stronger Democracy (1.6 MB)

Download Chapter 4. Evaluation of the Falcon Heights Community Conversations Process (1.3 MB)

Download Chapter 5. An Interview with John Thompson: Community Activist and Community Conversation Participant (857 KB)

Download Chapter 6. Racially Diverse Community Conversations: Designing a Process that Includes All Voices (529 KB)

Download Chapter 7. Intentional Conversations Across Cultures: Utilizing Tribal-State Relations Training to Strengthen the Governmental Services to Indian and Non-Indian Minnesotans (474 KB)

Download Chapter 8. Recognizing and Supporting Natural Helpers of Welcome Dayton: A Non-Directive Approach (652 KB)

Download Chapter 9. Lessons from Peace Processes for US Community Engagement (508 KB)


This publication primarily contains pieces written by participants in the Dispute Resolution Institute’s (DRI) 2017 Symposium entitled: An Intentional Conversation About Public Engagement: Weaving Threads to Strengthen the Fabric of our Communities. The Symposium was the second one devoted to public engagement and followed the 2015 biennial symposium entitled An Intentional Conversation About Public Engagement and Decision Making: Moving from Dysfunction and Polarization to Dialogue and Understanding. Articles from 2015 Symposium were published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. The Symposium and Reflections were generously funded by a grant from the American Arbitration Association- International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) Foundation.

Chapter Authors
Joseph Bauerkemper
Toby Berkman
Elizabeth Dressel
Danny Egol
Suzanne Ghais
Tadd Johnson
Mariah Levison
Kevin Lindsey
Jill Slipper Scholtz
Rebecca St. George
Tom Wahlrab



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DRI Press


St. Paul, MN


Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

Reflections: Weaving Threads to Strengthen the Fabric of Our Communities