Examples are Gold Mines for Learning

Examples provide a way to link theory with practice. Here you will find individual descriptions of a collaborative process in action — the challenges, the outcomes, and the lessons learned.

We think of these as “case stories,” falling somewhere between the academic rigor of a case study and the personal touch of talking story. We invite you to share your experiences and lessons to grow our collective wisdom.

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  1. Taro Security and Purity Task Force

    The legislatively mandated Taro Security and Purity Task Force was asked to assist the state in creating legislation that would protect the future of taro growing in Hawaii while considering economic development, bio-security and bio-prospecting, cultural, land, and water issues. Task force members would include taro farmers from each island, public sector… 

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  2. Lanai Wind Farm

    Plans for a large scale wind farm on Lanai involved multiple collaborative processes over several years and included consideration of a package of community benefits for Lanai residents impacted by the project. Negotiations for the community benefits portion of the power purchase agreement were led by Robbie Alm, whose strategy is featured here.  The process on Lanai […]

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  3. Designing the Future of Kakaako Makai

    The challenge in 2005 — a luxury high-rise proposed in Kakaako Makai, a 600 acre-area situated on Honolulu’s waterfront between Waikiki and downtown — provoked a strong community reaction. Project opponents had different interests, but they were united in their opposition to what they regarded as a lack of public consultation regarding both the project and the future of the entire Kakaako Makai area.

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  4. Hawaiian Electric Company: East Oahu Transmission Project

    Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), long concerned about power transmission reliability on the island of Oahu, proposed the siting of towers supporting 128 kV power lines along Waahila Ridge, which cradles the eastern side of Manoa Valley. This was a very controversial project, both because of its location in Manoa and…

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  5. The Ok Tedi Negotiations

    Between November 2005 and June 2007, a team from The Keystone Center helped organize and implement a multiparty negotiation process aimed at increased redress for people affected by river contamination from the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Ok Tedi is often cited as one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in the world. It […]

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  6. KPAA's Community Indicators 2006 Project

    The nonprofit Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance (KPAA) was established to serve as a catalyst and foster collaboration among government agencies, nonprofits, and community groups on major challenges facing the island.  KPAA’s first assignment was to develop indicators and benchmarks to measure progress on issues that were included in the Kauai General Plan 2000.

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