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Confluence Collaboration offers conflict management & resolution services in Colorado and Wyoming.

We specialize in:

  • Land use & transportation
  • Natural resources
  • Organizational change management
Non-profits
Communities
Small Business
Government

Who We Are

Our practice is built upon years of experience in land use, environmental & commercial real estate law, and professional mediation, facilitation & conflict management & resolution.

How We Can Help

We help facilitate a safe, thoughtful environment where ideas, concerns, and values can be aired – allowing everyone to search for common ground.

What We Have Done

We provide collaborative management skills, processes, and training for groups involved in land use planning, transportation, natural resource management, and organizational change management.

Geographic Expertise

Through our conflict management & resolution services we have helped many groups find sustainable solutions to complex problems throughout the country.

Specifically, we have extensive experience in these geographic locations:

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Colorado
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Wyoming
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Maryland

What our partners and clients are saying...

Richard Alper is one of the real pros in the field of collaborative problem solving. His design and training expertise was essential in helping the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Maryland, get off the ground, and his facilitation services have helped several community groups turn their differences into joint problem-solving actions.
Tom Dunne
Former conflict resolution consultant to federal agencies and Search for Common Ground Co-founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County
Over the last three years I have worked closely with Rich Alper. Together we have co-created a program to build the collaborative capacity of members of the community based conservation efforts across seven Rocky Mountain states. This requires an understanding of natural resource issues and community context. Rich has been a key advisor and program partner. Rich is easy to work with, provides thoughtful questions, listens well, can skillfully synthesize complex information, comfortably guides critical conversations with care and inclusivity, and provides good thinking on design and strategy for group coordination. Rich has helped our team hone their critical thinking, communication, decision-making and group dynamic skills.
Heather Knight
Associate Director - Practice Program, Center for Collaborative Conservation, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
Retired from The Nature Conservancy of Colorado and Laramie Foothills Project Director
I worked with Richard Alper on building a network for community-based collaboration. Richard was most agreeable, and critical to organizing our working group. And as a participant, he offered insightful contributions to our tasks. It was a pleasure to work with Richard, and most productive.
Gary Burnett
Executive Director, Heart of the Rockies Initiative
Rich Alper has been a tremendous resource to our group in developing a local non-profit focused on watershed restoration. Rich has provided guidance and input on a diverse set of organizational topics, including Board/Staff relations, organizational bylaws, and board function and development, including helping us to establish and encourage active board committees and chairs. He has also been a wealth of information on strategic planning and a great resource assisting us in stakeholder outreach to build long-term relationships with key partners in the watershed. Rich is a great asset for our non-profit and helping us take our young organization to the next level.
Shayna Jones
Former Director, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
“I have known Richard for a number of years and have had the opportunity to work with him on several initiatives to promote and support collaborative approaches to natural resources and environmental policy. He is passionate, thoughtful, effective, and easy to work with.”
Matthew McKinney, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy
Co-chair, Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program
I have worked with Richard on several important environmental policy dialogues. He is professional, prepared and most importantly, wise. For example, we worked together on convening a policy dialogue regarding whether a community would support applying for designating a local river as a Wild and Scenic river. Richard was extremely thoughtful as we prepared questions and discussed the issue with Stakeholders. Richard is a great listener as well as being an ethical and thoughtful person.
Daniel Dozier
Environmental mediator & attorney
Our work together included land use, county policy and organizational disputes. Richard always brought passion for the work, attention to detail and process design, and genuine appreciation for the people we assisted. Needless to say, this made for quality projects that were fun to do.
Mary Jacksteit
Senior Associate, Essential Partners
Former federal labor arbitrator and mediator and public/community conflict resolution practitioner for Search for Common Ground and Justice and Sustainability Associates, LLC

Are you ready to move toward sustainable solutions?

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