Dr. John Ehrmann "is a founder and Senior Partner of the Meridian Institute. Dr. Ehrmann is one of the most highly skilled and sought after facilitators in the field. He has pioneered the use of collaborative processes for two decades, using it for everything from conflict resolution to creative processes like organizational planning for the future. He has led projects in national and international forums; in public policy arenas involving legislation, negotiated regulations and Federal Advisory Committees; in organizational management settings; and with stakeholder groups advising individual companies. For the most part, his work has focused on the environment, natural resources issues, and the economic and social challenges associated with developing sustainable practices for communities and industries. In addition to his extensive involvement in facilitating collaborative processes, Dr. Ehrmann also works to promote the use of collaborative decision-making. He gives lectures and has published numerous articles on collaborative decisions in public policy issues. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Wyoming and provides advice to the Institute and School of Environment and Natural Resources on the use of collaborative problem solving in natural resource decision-making. Dr. Ehrmann received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Environmental Dispute Resolution from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources. His doctoral dissertation involved developing a practice-based model of the policy dialogue, which can be applied to both practice and research. Between 1983 and 1997, Dr. Ehrmann was executive vice president at the Keystone Center, Keystone, Colorado. In September 1997 he left Keystone to found the Meridian Institute."