Mini-conference on Collaborative Governance
and Conflict Resolution
The Public Issues Collaboration Program (PIC)
at The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution,
Creighton University School of Law
The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)
March 6, 2009
Harper Center Ballroom,
Registration and continental breakfast
Overview of the agenda and mini-conference objectives
Keynote: The Rise of Democratic Governance: How local leaders are reshaping governance for the 21st Century – Steve Burkholder, Principal of the A&S Group, former mayor of Lakewood, Colorado and the founding chairman of the National League of Cities Democratic Governance program
From conflict to collaboration, from top-down decision-making to inclusiveness: Approaches, processes and methodologies – Palma Strand, Assistant Professor of Law, Creighton University, Bernie Mayer, Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Professors Mayer and Strand will discuss the principles of Collaborative Governance and Civic Engagement, the processes available to the elected official and the high-level administrator, and the factors to be considered when deciding on and designing a collaborative governance/civic engagement process.
Panel: Real-life stories of Collaborative Governance and Civic Engagement
The speakers will discuss the factors that make these processes succeed, their challenges, the role of elected officials and high-level administrators as conveners, and more. Each speaker will concentrate on a certain aspect of Collaborative Governance and Civic Engagement, as detailed below. The presentations will be followed by Questions and Answers.
- Collaborative policymaking - David Landis, Director of Urban Development for the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, and former member of the Nebraska State Legislature (1978-2006).
Lunch and presentation - Implementing collaborative approaches in the intra-organizational level – Bernie Mayer, Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Where do we go from here? – a facilitated discussion
Final Remarks - Brad Ashford, Chair of the Public Issues Collaboration Initiative at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Creighton School of Law