Please note: Registration is through Sourcewell. This presentation is jointly offered on behalf of the Minnesota State Demographic Center, the Minnesota Service Cooperatives, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, and the Minnesota Association of Townships.

Livestream: Bridging Divides - What To Do When People Disagree

As a city leader, there are times when you work with people who have different perspectives, values, and goals. Combining different visions can lead to new, innovative ideas and creative solutions that keep cities moving forward. However, when emotions run high and positions are deeply held, these situations can also lead to conflicts.

Take part in this free virtual event along with colleagues from cities, counties, school boards, and townships to learn how to effectively diffuse conflicts and work to create solutions in your community. During this online session, you will practice:

  • Methods for de-escalation.
  • Ways to manage high emotions.
  • Tactics to increase mutual understanding and build consensus.
  • Effective communication techniques for difficult situations.
  • Ways to identify what other people need, even when they aren’t saying it.
  • How to provide support to help people be responsive.
  • Solutions you can implement that integrate the needs of everyone involved.
  • Conversation instead of confrontation.

Visit the League’s Collaboration Services page for more information on how your city can work together better.

Dave Bartholomay, Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution
Dave Bartholomay is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts and has previously led a successful community dispute resolution program serving suburban and greater Minnesota. He has a master’s degree in political science and extensive public sector leadership experience at the federal, state, and local government level.

About the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution

The Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) is a unique statewide resource that helps resolve difficult public issues. OCDR does this through work on individual projects and through training and capacity building so that all of Minnesota has access to new and innovative methods to work through today’s challenging issues.

OCDR accomplishes this through the use of innovative collaborative processes because they believe the best public solutions come from people working together on issues. OCDR uses structured, facilitated dialogue to help people examine diverse viewpoints and interested so they can build the consensus that leads to better solutions. OCDR’s neutrality, expertise, and experience in leading successful projects across the state makes it an effective state-level resource.

Services provided include assessment, process design, mediation, facilitation, convening, consensus building, training, and more. OCDR specializes in working with public sector entities. Their approach is to uncover the core concerns and goals of the parties underlying the issues in dispute so they become invested in solving a common public problem. OCDR does this by developing creative options to address the concerns and goals of all involved with the ultimate objectives of reaching an actionable, sustainable solution which improves working relationships and the efficiency and effectiveness of government.

Learn more about OCDR.

Audience: This workshop is open to all local government officials, including city administrators, managers, mayors, councilmembers, clerks, and other city supervisors.

Registration Fee: FREE

Date/Time: Sept. 21 – 1-3 p.m.

This presentation is jointly offered on behalf of the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution, the Minnesota Service Cooperatives, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Boards Association.