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      Principles & Practices for Environmental Conflicts: An Intensive Workshop in Troutdale

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      March 26, 2018

      Monday   6:30 PM

      2126 Southwest Halsey Street
      Troutdale, Oregon 97060

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      Principles & Practices for Environmental Conflicts: An Intensive Workshop

      Immerse yourself with internationally recognized experts in transboundary waters, climate change negotiation, public participation and communications. You will deal with dueling experts, use games to break impasse, and map intractable conflicts. You will explore the connections between spirituality and conflict transformation in a structured, facilitated manner. From Fortune 500 companies to public sector agencies, to grassroots communities, approaches to natural resources conflict resolution and negotiation stem from a four-step, "four worlds" framework.  Four Worlds Partners integrates the theory, principles and practice of managing complex natural resource conflicts. Drawing on our expertise as real-world practitioners, Four Worlds delivers an in-depth training from the trenches, giving you the tools to navigate complex disputes in water, forestry, and climate change debates. Participants in this workshop learn best practices in communications, mediation, facilitation, and public involvement to improve your ability to analyze complex problems and respond to entrenched long-standing disputes. Build foundations for trust among stakeholders and create pathways to durable solutions in natural resource conflicts. Participants in this workshop will gain experience in multi-party negotiation through role-play scenarios involving diverse stakeholders among a range of governmental, non-governmental, private, and corporate interests. March 26:          Evening gathering, Program Briefing, Materials Distribution March 27:          Skills building in Transformative Communication, Serious Gaming, Facilitation March 28:          Advanced Mediation, Mindful Negotiation, Simulation Exercise and Conclusion      Workshop resources: Workshop resources will include, but not be limited to:        The Sharing Water Series Workbook (        Relevant case studies, research and datasets accessible through OSU’s Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database ( Your trainers are: Lynette De Silva, MSc directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation at Oregon State University and teaches graduate courses in water conflict resolution. Over the past 20 years she has worked in areas emphasizing water resources and land management practices. She is a trained mediator and life coach. Todd Jarvis, PhD is a groundwater hydrologist with nearly 30 years experience in deep well drilling in fracture rock and karst. He has consulted for UNESCO and global groundwater and wastewater engineering firms. He teaches environmental conflict resolution at the University of Oregon and directs the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University. Todd Votteler, PhD is a former Federal Special Master for water and Endangered Species Act litigation with 25 years of experience. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Water Journal, and President of Collaborative Water Resolution LLC. A trained mediator, researcher, and water resource manager, he provides collaborative design and dispute resolution for multi-stakeholder processes. Gregg Walker, PhD has been a leader in communications and negotiation in the climate change arena since 1984. Expert in collaborative learning systems, he has directed conflict assessments, process design projects, and numerous collaborative, multi-party public participation efforts. Aaron Wolf, PhD is an internationally recognized mediator of transboundary water conflict. He directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation at Oregon State University and specializes in the interaction between spirituality, water science and water policy, particularly as they relate to conflict prevention and resolution. Costs The early bird rate for this workshop is $595.  The full rate is $750.  The early bird rate will expire once total registrations reach 30, or on January 31, 2018, whichever occurs first. FAQs What is the registration deadline? Please register by JANUARY 31, 2018.  At that time we will take a head count to confirm our "quorum," the minimum required registrations to move foward with the workshop. The $595 early bird rate for this workshop expires by on January 31, 2018. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the workshop? Lyft and Uber service the area, and several car rental agencies offer competitive rates.  Parking is free at Edgefield. We are also exploring the possibility of running a shuttle between Portland International Airport (PDX) to Edgefield on March 26 and March 29, to help participants get in and out of town smoothly.   What can I bring into the event? Bring comfortable clothing for indoor and moderate outdoor activities. Late March in Oregon can be cold and rainy, or sunny and dry.  It's always a toss-up!  How do I reserve a room at the Hotel? Please reserve your room by FEBRUARY 15, 2018. We have reserved a block of rooms for this event. The Edgefield is a classic Oregon landmark with a one-of-a-kind welcoming feel and shared bathrooms.  To reserve your room at our group rate, please contact Edgefield directly at 503-869-8610 or If you prefer a national chain hotel for your stay, the Best Western Cascade Inn is located just a skip away: How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to contact Todd at or 512-970-9840 with any questions.   What's the refund policy? Within 60 days of the workshop, we will provide a 75% refund. Within 30 days of the workshop, we will provide a 25% refund. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than 30 days before the workshop. We welcome late registrants. You may, at any time, transfer your registration to another participant.   Can I update my registration information? Of course!  Please contact Todd at or 512-970-9840 to make changes to your registration.  For changes to your HOTEL RESERVATIONS, please contact Edgefield at 503-869-8610 or Is my registration fee transferrable? Yes, at any time leading up to the Workshop. Please do let us know if you plan to make changes.  

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