February 2012: Handling Environmental Conflict Creatively

Almost all environmental issues in our complex modern society involve some form of conflict. It may be conflict over different land uses, over proposed developments, on dam removals, on hunting, on the likely effects of changing climate, as well as an array of economic and political issues that impact the environment. Yet we rarely use systematic approaches to tackle conflict, often preferring to avoid it, until it is unavoidable. Then we dive straight into the content of the conflict, the arguments, with little structure to guide us. No wonder we find conflict a headache. Our guest speaker in this webcast, Ed Sketch, is a very experienced conflict professional, who wants to change this. He has used his over 30 years of conflict experience in the auto industry to develop a systematic approach to conflict handling, which also encourages us to see conflict as potentially creative. He will present an overview of his Creative Conflict Model in this webcast and discuss its application to environmental issues. Join Ed Sketch of Ann Arbor Synergies and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, to learn more about this important topic in the next Stewardship Network webcast!


Ed Sketch - CEO of an innovative Internet and Consulting start up Ann Arbor Synergies, which is centered on his experience of conflict in labor relations and his more recent research on the neuroscience of conflict. Prior to this, he was Senior Consultant at Denison Consulting working on organization culture-based business turnarounds. This followed a highly successful career in Ford Motor Company. He was Director, Global Labor Strategy, where he set the approach still followed in recent restructuring at Ford. He also reached Director level positions there with world-wide responsibility in Education, Training, and Development, and in Organization Effectiveness. And he spent nearly ten years in plant level labor relations in very difficult locations. He has also had a life long interest in environmental matters. He is now focusing on his interest in conflict, and has written a book on conflict, 'Creative Conflict Wisdom' and is developing a range of conflict tools in support of his approach. He is available for consulting assignments that involve significant elements of organizational or stakeholder conflict. He also acts as a strategic advisor the Michigan based environmental group the Stewardship Network, and is particularly interested to assist any environmental groups that face conflict in achieving their goals. He has a B.Sc in Economics and Economic History from Bristol University UK, and Masters in Personnel Management. He undertook doctoral research in environmental economic history.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 12:00pm
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