Held at the University of Colorado and the Millennium Harvest House
October 8-10, 2010
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The Reinventing Governance Conference brought together over 600 students and members of the public in pre-conference and conference activities. Fourteen different countries were represented, along with over twenty CU-Boulder departments and academics from CU-Denver and CU-Colorado Springs. Many participants from the University of Denver and Colorado State University, as well as from universities and organizations around the country and world, made valuable contributions as conference participants. Voices as diverse as the United Nations, the World Bank, Shell Oil, Aveda Corporation and over a hundred different organizations and community groups actively deliberated on critical governance issues of our time.
Why Do We Need to Reinvent Governance?
- The environmental, economic, and social challenges facing business, communities, nations, and the world as a whole are becoming increasingly complex and intertwined. Current practices of government, public deliberation, and sector independence are often not providing the creative and sustainable decisions needed.
- In order to act effectively in this environment, new forms of decision making and governance must be established that allow for greater creativity, flexibility, and collaboration across boundaries. New governance processes provide the possibility of higher-quality decisions, higher degrees of decisional legitimacy, creative answers to diverse complex human goals, better assurance of social good and commercially successful business practices, and the reduction of unproductive conflict and violence.
- Four different and often disconnected communities have been significant in advancing new decision making practices and can gain from joint discussions:
- members of the business community promoting more socially responsible and sustainable business and working directly with local communities;
- government officials, academics and NGOs working to improve the institutions of governance;
- specialists in processes of dialogue, deliberation and community decision making; and
- professionals and activists in peace building and alternative dispute resolution.
The conference is designed to:
1) establish new relationships among participants from these four groups,
2) take the best ideas from the four communities and synthesize them into a broader set of principles of collaborative governance,
3) disseminate these and other related ideas on a post-conference website,
4) continue the “conversation” among participants and others through online discussions, and
5) develop education and training materials on innovative governance that will be distributed through the Conflict Information Consortium and partner websites and integrated into CU courses.