Working Towards Collaboration
My name is Sam Wallace, and I am a first-year graduate student in Conflict Resolution at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a 2018-2019 Community-Engaged Fellow in Urban Sustainability, Conservation, and Ecology. Through the conflict resolution program, I study participatory and collaborative forms of governance – essentially, how we can understand and design processes for public decision-making that are more effective, inclusive, and responsive to those affected by the outcome. I am particularly interested in applying this knowledge to public issues concerning the environment and natural resources; a sub-set of public problems which are particularly well-suited for these approaches considering that environmental resources are not constrained by traditional social and political boundaries.
My pathway into this field and has taken me through a variety of sectors and topic areas. I have worked with city government and city task forces, state and federal government, community-based and statewide non-profits, and private sector consulting firms, tackling issues from water quality and quantity to wildfire mitigation to waste management. A common theme that I have encountered is the need for effective methods of collaboration across multiple sectors and better ways to incorporate the public into the decision-making that are engaging and meaningful for them. I hope you enjoy looking through my portfolio to discover what drives me, and feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts you may have.
University of Denver