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Initiating a Process
Initiating a Process

Each environmental conflict has its own dimensions and contextual aspects, which make it unique and complex. This means that your first step in any collaborative process is to determine if a collaborative effort is appropriate. Timing, opportunity, and institutional support must come together to create an appropriate situation for addressing a particular environmental conflict through collaborative efforts. Initiating a collaborative effort is called convening, and the organization that initiates a collaborative effort is called the convener (O’Leary, Nabatchi, & Bingham, 2004). Often, the convener for a collaborative approach to environmental conflict is a government agency, but it also could be another organization, perhaps one from the private sector or a nongovernmental organization (NGO). Most often, the convener is a ...

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