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Tremaine Congressional Workshop

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

Through a grant from the Tremaine Foundation, Meridian conducted a workshop in January 2002 for the Senate Committee on Public Works and the Environment on the use of multi-stakeholder collaborative problem solving to augment the legislative process.

In the workshop, Meridian staff described guiding principles for successful collaborative processes and shared on-the-ground examples of collaborative problem-solving efforts and what they have accomplished, as well as insights into when collaborative processes make sense and when other decision-making approaches may be more appropriate. They also proposed and discussed a series of questions to help assess when a national legislative issue is “ripe” for a collaborative process. Finally, Meridian provided lawmakers with a list of resources related to collaborative problem solving in the public policy arena, for future reference.