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Several contributors to the Theory-of-Change book suggested that we should reconceptualize our field, shifting away from defining it in terms of particular dispute resolution procedures such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. I think that this idea makes sense, and this post suggests that we should include a decision-making lens that may be part of a helpful, unifying concept.  Paraphrasing Len Riskin (quoting George Box), all concepts are imperfect but some are useful.  I think this would be useful. Our field seeks to solve problems when parties lack good (or sometimes any) practical dispute resolution options to choose.  We are concerned… Continue Reading Decision-Making as an Essential Element of Our Field