Patrick Field , Sarah Daitch

Across mineral rich and developing regions of the world, substantial natural resource wealth rests with Indigenous and tribal communities. And yet, throughout the world, Indigenous Peoples have historically suffered disproportionately from negative impacts of extractive activities in their territories.

The global transparency movement has the potential to play a part in changing that past for the better by supporting Indigenous Peoples’ greater participation in resource decision-making on their territories and in their countries.

Melissa Deas

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is a network organization that brings together non-profit, public, and private entities from six New England states. Drawing on interviews with FINE's staff, leadership team, funders, and partner institutions, CBI analyzed what valuable impact networks could have on cross-organization information sharing and collaborative work. Based on this research, CBI has identified a number of lessons that can be learned from FINE's early history and evolution to date.

Merrick Hoben

Working with communities and international oil companies (Chevron and Shell) in the Niger Delta using our Mutual Gains Approach has underscored for us the enormous value that such an approach can offer to improving relationships and results for both sets of stakeholders. There are few sectors as challenging as oil and gas, but – as is often the case – with challenges come enormous opportunities for learning and innovation.

Sara Cohen

This guide is intended for state environmental and natural resource agencies that are trying to use more collaborative engagement approaches. Written by CBI Fellow Sara Cohen and produced by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, it presents twelve New England environmental agency case studies where we believe good process design, effective facilitation, and strategic project management were at least in part responsible for the successes achieved.

Mike Gildesgame

The proposal to implement the land-based Wind Energy Siting Reform Act (WESRA) would seem to have complimented that trend; however the legislative process of WESRA highlighted competing values and interests and brought to light strong disagreements over key aspects of siting land-based wind turbines. This paper examines the intent, expectations and processes undertaken by the administrative and legislative actors promoting the bill, the role of non-governmental organizations in affecting the discussion, and considers whether a more coordinated planning and review process might have provided a more positive public experience and a better outcome for the bill.

Roopali Phadke, Brianna Besch, Ava Buchanan, Natalie Camplair

In partnership with Macalester College, this report analyzes the Massachusetts Wind Energy Symposium, which sought to encourage public deliberation about wind energy development. Participants provided guidance to decision makers about public perceptions of opportunities, impacts, and project design preferences. The symposium also explored how a deliberative process could build consensus and influence wind energy development practices.

Merrick Hoben, David Plumb , David Kovick, Justin Wright

This case study seeks to draw lessons from a large-scale and ongoing community engagement process involving Chevron Nigeria Ltd. (CNL) and hundreds of communities impacted by its onshore operations in the Niger Delta. In the wake of a violent inter-ethnic crisis in 2003, CNL — the third largest oil producer in Nigeria — dramatically reshaped its community engagement strategy, with CBI's help.

Lawrence Susskind , Gregg P. Macey

This report contains six case studies that point to the growing use of “alternative dispute resolution” approaches within environmental justice communities, and illustrates the varying results achieved through these means.

Todd Schenk

CBI reviewed over 40 conflict assessment reports from around the world on behalf of an organization hoping to advance public sector dispute resolution in Japan. Our study revealed a wide variety of approaches to conflict assessment.

Patrick Field , Peter S. Adler, Jeremy Kranowitz

In 2007 and 2008, The Keystone Center and the Consensus Building Institute conducted a series of interviews of current and past Members of Congress and their senior staff, to better understand how Congress accesses information on complex scientific and technological issues that may require legislation or regulation. This report is an assessment of the Congressional interviews and the resulting recommendations.