Resolving Problems
through Collaboration

No environmental or natural resource issue can be decided based just on science. Place and values matter. Science, combined with relationship-building, allows diverse interests to learn and find agreement. This approach also enables governments and corporations to gain social license. And together people can create value for their places.

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I work with groups large and small, regional, statewide and local to find agreement and solutions through learning and relationship building.

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Using my social psychological, policy and ecological background, I enable diverse groups of interests to unravel complexity and build consensus.

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I design, lead and facilitate collaborative problem-solving processes, involving diverse interests to learn together and explore solutions.

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As social psychologist in natural resource management issues, I study the relationships between people and landscapes.


It is because of Dr. Western’s professionalism, experience, instruction, and hard-work the Department, through ‘Collaborative Learning’, has achieved greater public support as a result of a better understanding society’s expectations and the multitude of management challenges to improve mule deer numbers"

— Daryl Lutz, Chairman of the Wyoming Mule Deer Working Group and
Wildlife Management Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Jessica Western


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