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Rational Planning in an Irrational World
Activity Code: S539
Date: Monday, April 15
Successful planning involves clear communication, effective consensus building, strategic organizational management, and altering people’s habits. All of these activities benefit from an understanding of the way people frame values, think, make decisions, and interact. This session introduces recent behavioral research findings and consensus-building techniques and examines how these advancements can improve planning practice. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center’s recent consensus-building work on planning and policy issues will be spotlighted.
John H. Owen Jr.
Partner, Makers Arch & Urban Design
Phone: (206) 652-5080
Work: Architect, Urban Designer - Partner at MAKERS architecture and urban design - 35 years of managing wide range of projects including community plans,city centers and waterfronts, environmental management strategies, the design of streets and public spaces,comprehensive and regional planning, and regulations, including design guidelines
Education: BS Case-Western University MArch-University of Washington
Past Assignments: Game Changing Initiatives symposium New Directions in Planning Session at University of Washington
Phone: (206) 652-2454
Work: Vice President at EMC Research, a market research, public opinion research, and consulting firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Columbus. EMC conducts market and public opinion research for a wide range of corporate and public clients in fields ranging from branding and transportation to agency planning and electoral politics.
Education: BA in Political Science from Western Washington University.
Director, William D. Ruckelshaus Cntr.
Work: Michael Kern has over 20 years of experience in helping diverse groups reach common ground on public policy issues in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Associate at Triangle Associates Inc., providing facilitation, mediation, public involvement, strategic planning, project management and other services. Michael is the Director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, which is a joint effort of the University of Washington and Washington State University that fosters collaborative public policy. He has also provided these services at non-profit and academic institutions for the North Cascades Initiative, Hatchery Reform Project, Hanford Openness Workshops and other projects. KEYS AREAS OF EXPERTISE Facilitation/Mediation Dispute Assessment/Conflict Resolution Project Management/Strategic Planning Online Dispute Resolution Public Involvement/Visioning Marketing/Fund Raising Organizational Development Intergovernmental Relations Cross-Cultural Communication
Education: Degrees Earned 1995 MPA, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA 1989 BFA, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Additional Training 1988 Slade School of Fine Arts, University College, London, England 2010-12 WSU-CITI, Responsible Conduct of Research; Human Subjects Research Various Training in facilitation, mediation, dispute resolution, public involvement and project management from UW School of Law, UW Evans School, CITI-WSU, Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish County, Public Conservations Project, International Association for Public Participation and others.
Publications: PUBLICATIONS A. Professional Articles, Refereed or Peer Reviewed Blankenship, H. L., and M. A. Kern. 2004. An Independent Scientific Evaluation of Washington State Salmonid Hatcheries. Pages 133-141 in K. M. Leber, S. Kitada, T. Svasand, H. L. Blankenship, and T. Svasand, eds. Stock enhancement and sea ranching 2. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. Drew, Christina H, Michael Kern, Todd Martin, Max S. Power, and Elaine M. Faustman. 2007. The Hanford Openness Workshops: Fostering Open and Transparent Long-Term Decision-Making at the Department of Energy. Pages 13-48 in Leschine, Thomas, ed. Long-Term Management of Contaminated Sites: Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Volume 13. Elsevier, Ltd, Oxford, UK. Kern, Michael, 2012. Why Collaborate? Why Involve Universities? Pages 1-4 in Matthew McCleary and Mary Waldron, eds. Evans School Review, University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, Volume 2, Issue 1. Seattle, Washington. Kern, Michael, and Nancy Richardson Ahern, Marc Waage, and Eric Dickson, 2009. Water Pressure: A Look at What Local, Regional and International Issues Water Utilities Are Facing in Adapting to Climate Change. How Can Collaborative Governance Help? Pages 20-21 in Audrey R. Rothstein, ed. ACResolution Magazine. Association for Conflict Resolution, Volume 9, Issue 1. Washington, DC. B. Other Publications Author (with Eric Toews, Cascadia Community Planning Services), Washington State Growth Management Hearings Boards Efficiency Study and Restructuring Analysis, Seattle, WA, 2009. Author (with Dave Robison, Cascadia Community Planning Services), Seattle’s Shorelines Today and Tomorrow: Updating Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program, Citizens Advisory Committee Report, Seattle, WA, 2009. Editor, Report to Congress, Hatchery Scientific Review Group Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review, Seattle, WA, 2009. Editor, Reports to Congress, Hatchery Scientific Review Group Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Review, Seattle, WA, 2000-06. Editor, Hatchery Reform: Principles, Tools and Recommendations of the Hatchery Scientific Review Group, Seattle, WA, 2004. Editor, Is Openness Working?, A Progress Report, Hanford Openness Workshops, Richland, WA, Fall 1999. Editor, 1999 Hanford Openness Workshop #4, Tribal Openness Concerns Educational Resource Packet, Hanford Openness Workshops, Spokane, WA, June 2, 1999. Editor, Hanford Openness Workshops, 1998 Report, Hanford Openness Workshops, Richland, WA, Summer 1998. Editor, The Risk Roundtable: Evaluating Risk from a Tribal Perspective, roundtable proceedings and summary report, Seattle, WA, March 1998. Author, CRESP Completes Tier 2 and Tier 3 Reviews of DOE/EM Budget Process, Risk Management Quarterly, Vol, 4, Issue 2, Lane Environmental, US Department of Energy and Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, 1997. Contributing Author, Building Bridges: A Resource Guide for Tribal/County Intergovernmental Cooperation, Northwest Renewable Resources Center (NRRC), Seattle, WA, June 1997. Editor and Designer, Quinault Indian Nation Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Quinault Indian Nation, Taholah, WA, February, 1997. Co-Author (with Betsy Reynolds), Montana Community Circles: A Preliminary Assessment, report to the Indian Law Resource Center, NRRC, Seattle, WA, July 5, 1996. Author, An Evaluation of the Salmon Corps, An AmeriCorps Program, Michael Kern, Consultant and Shirley Solomon, Long Live the Kings, Seattle, WA, April 1, 1996. Researcher and Developer, Tribes of Washington: A Computerized Guide (multimedia publication), Native American Science Outreach Network (NASON), University of Washington, (UW) Seattle, WA, 1996. Editor and Designer, NASON Resource and Curriculum Guides, NASON, UW, Seattle, WA, 1994–1996. Author, Using Mediation in Merger Discussions Between the Planning Association of Washington (PAW) and the American Planning Association/Washington Chapter (APA), PAW and APA, Seattle, WA, November 28, 1994. Editor and Designer, Working Effectively at the Local Level: Tribal/County Cooperation and Coordination, Conference Proceedings, NRRC, Seattle, WA, September 1993. Editor and Designer, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Solid Waste Management Plan, Solid Waste Network, Seattle, WA, July 1993. Author and Designer, NRRC/Indian Heritage School Program, report, NRRC, Seattle, WA, June 1993. Contributing Author, Editor and Designer, Portrait of a Tribe: An Introduction to the Skokomish, Skokomish Indian Tribe, Shelton, WA, February, 1993. Contributing Editor and Researcher, A Short Course on Tribal/County Intergovernmental Coordination, NRRC, Seattle, WA, June 4, 1992.
Past Assignments: PRESENTATIONS A. National Engaging Policy Makers and Advisory Board Assessment, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Annual Meeting, Missoula, MT, September 13, 2012. Interacting with the Practitioner Community, University Network for Collaborative Governance 2012 Annual Meeting, Syracuse, NY, June 12, 2012. Washington’s Voluntary Stewardship Program for Protecting the Environment While Fostering a Strong Farm Economy (poster), US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution ECR 2012 Conference, Tucson, AZ, May 22-24, 2012. Cultivating the Next Generation of Environment and Public Policy Conflict Resolution Practitioners, Association for Conflict Resolution-Environment and Public Policy Section 2012 Conference, Tucson, AZ, May 21, 2012. Environmental Stewardship: Protecting Critical Areas and Enhancing the Viability of Farmland , National Association of Counties 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, OR, July 18, 2011. Strengths and Weaknesses of Practicing Alternative Dispute Resolution from Different Institutional Settings, Association for Conflict Resolution-Environment and Public Policy Section 2011 Conference, Portland, OR, June 30, 2011. Measuring Up: The Role of Evaluation in Collaborative Processes, University Network for Collaborative Governance 2011 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, June 27, 2011. Using Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Legislative Arena: A Whole New Ballgame, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution ECR 2010 Conference, Tucson, AZ, May 26, 2010. Adopting the Stepchild: Ecosystem Planning for Seattle’s “Other” Watershed, American Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 11, 2009. Water Pressure: How Are Water Utilities Preparing for Climate Change? How Can Collaborative Governance Help?, Association for Conflict Resolution-Environment and Public Policy Section Annual Conference, Denver, CO, June 11, 2009. Hanford Openness Workshops, International Association for Public Participation Annual Conference, Washington, DC, May 3, 2000. B. State The William D. Ruckelshaus Center: Fostering Collaborative Solutions to Public Policy Challenges, UW Evans School Humphrey Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 16, 2012; February 10, 2012, January 21, 2011. Next Steps and Recommendations (Moderator), Civil Discourse to Resolve Governmental Crises: Creating a Path to Action, American Society for Public Administration and UW Evans School of Public Affairs, Seattle, WA, October 10-11, 2012. Working Cross-Culturally with Regional Tribes, UW Environmental Science and Resource Management 400, Seattle, WA, January 24, 2012; January 25, 2011. ESHB 1886, Voluntary Stewardship Program for Agriculture and Critical Areas, Law Seminars International 20th Annual Conference on Growth Management and Land Use (continuing legal education), Seattle, WA, November 3, 2011. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center: Fostering Collaborative Public Policy, Global to Local: A University Engaged (WSU All-CAHNRS/Extension Conference), Pullman, WA, October 5, 2011. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center: Fostering Collaborative Solutions to Water and Other Policy Issues, UW Water Seminar Series, Seattle, WA, November 9, 2010. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, WSU Natural Resources Leadership Team, via webinar, May 12, 2010. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, WSU Extension County Directors, via webinar, May 7, 2010. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, WSU Extension Administrative Team, Pullman, WA, March 25, 2010. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Washington State Department of Ecology Executive Management Team, Olympia, WA, March 23, 2010. Growth Management Hearings Board Efficiency Study and Restructuring Analysis, Growth Management Hearings Boards Annual Meeting, Edmonds, WA, October 30, 2009. The Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Reform Project, numerous locations around western Washington, 2000-06. Hanford Openness Workshops, Health of the Hanford Site Conference, Richland, WA, November 3, 1999. Working Cross-Culturally with Regional Tribes, UW Landscape Architecture 403, Cultural Landscapes Studio, Seattle, WA, April 20, 1998; October 20, 1999. Tribes of Washington: A Computerized Guide, Battelle Human Affairs Research Center and Indian reservations across Washington state, 1995-96. C. Local The William D. Ruckelshaus Center: Fostering Collaborative Solutions to Public Policy Challenges, Seattle Planned Giving Advisory Board, Seattle, WA, December 20, 2012. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Chairman’s Circle Luncheon, Washington Athletic Club, Seattle August 17, 2012; August 4, 2011. The William D. Ruckelshaus Center and the Agriculture and Critical Areas Process, Snohomish County Agriculture Advisory Board, Everett, WA, July 13, 2010. The Seattle Green Building Task Force, King County Sustainability Roundtable, Seattle, WA, November 4, 2009.