E's Unlimited has broad and varied experience
with all aspects of the
participation and can guarantee it will be transparent,
consensual, and inclusive through the application of private,
non-judgmental, non-coercive transformative
In projects we have worked on requiring public consultation
workshop design, including Whistler, BC, Dauphin Island,
AL, and the Portland Parish region of Jamaica (WI), we
have employed methods such as Technology of Participation
Community Problem-Solving, Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Open
Space Technology (OST), Pattern Mapping, Design Charrettes,
and the World Café process.
A notable success for Five
Unlimited in facililtation and conflict resolution
was its design and facilitation of a participatory, sustainable
Dauphin Island, AL in 2007. The project was initiated,
driven, and completed by the community through a transparent,
all-inclusive participatory process that actively engaged
all stakeholders through the application of transformative
facilitation. In recognition
of the success of this effort, the Dauphin Island project was
picked as a Finalist in the 2009 International Association
of Public Participation’s (IAP2) Project
of the Year Award. The international recognition by IAP2
on pages 8 and 67 of the above linked report acknowledged the
diversity of environmental, social, and economic issues addressed,
as well as the project’s promotion of the IAP2 Core Values
in public participation.
Dr. R. Warren Flint
is also a member of the Senior Facilitator & Mediator Roster
of the U.S.
Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution.
He has served as a member of this roster since 1999 and
his Profile for the USIECR roster is available.
We see our public
participation practice as the foundation for achieving
the following in our community work:
for where the community has been with planning activities
will appreciably inform the project and what the
stakeholder aspirations and core values look like
regarding a future, sustainable community, which
deep and extensive science-based understanding of
ecological, economic, and social sustainability,
in all of its temporal, spatial and systemic dimensions,
communicated effectively to participants and stakeholders
in a way that inspires vision and action, to inform;
- a thoroughly
community-based and community-driven process of deliberation
decision making, engaging all stakeholders in the
identity of weaknesses and threats as well as community
assets, and capable of guiding the making of difficult
trade-offs while creating cohesive win-win solutions,
whose outcomes are expressed in;
- a solid, comprehensive,
implementable strategic plan fulfilling all best-practice
planning and statutory requirements, which will identify
the necessary resources to overcome challenges and
take advantage of opportunities, and will be a model
for change management that effectively guides the
community in actions toward a successful, resiliently
E's can effectively resolve your group's
conflicts through our diverse experience with dispute
resolution processes. But we firmly believe it requires
critical mass of stakeholder involvement and
personal change because the level of consciousness
the conflict is not the level of consciousness that
we will focus upon to help you resolve it.
We Can Assist
- by reframing
your group's understanding of the issues related
to the conflict or dispute;
- by maintaining
the dignity of each individual involved;
- by resolving
group conflicts in a way that will lead to more sustainable
- by facilitating
the conflict to its natural conclusion, a shared
vision of a sustainable future toward which to build,
that is fully committed to by all parties.
Through its design
of project-specific facilitation and mediation approaches,
Five E's Unlimited helps
arrive at authentic choices and consensus-based solutions.
We develop an assessment of present circumstances and then
help clients find common-ground, long-term solutions by
evaluating, articulating, and clarifying crucial controversies
and identifying strategies to advance identified objectives.
of the “Art of Complex Problem Solving” (from
Marshall Clemens’ Indiagram Art of Insight and Action),
helps groups look beyond solving problems one at a time,
to the development and understanding of systems that prevent
problems from re-occurring or perhaps ever occurring in
the first place.
Likewise, we have
found that an intentional participatory process involving
all stakeholders can lay
the groundwork for a shift from conventional jurisdictional
management to adaptive, learning-based co-management,
supported by what we like to call “Citizen Science” – the
public-way-of-knowing balanced with the expert-way-of-knowing.
This is evidenced in our work in Guemes Island (WA), Bayfield
(WI), and Rathlin Island (Northern Ireland).
out our different facilitation
and mediation projects
and discover what we can do for you.