November 10, 2015

Two substantive, collaboration-seeking projects, the Education Reimagined initiative and the Project on Nutrition and Wellness, were recently profiled in the New York Times' Opinionator blog in a post by David Bornstein. CBI has worked closely with Convergence to design the process and facilitate vast, iterative, multi-stakeholder dialogues over the lifespan of these projects.

September 18, 2015

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there was a question of what the future looked like for the residents of Smith Island in Maryland, the last occupied island in the Chesapeake Bay that can only be reached by boat. While the hurricane demonstrated the threat of natural disasters for coastal communities, residents knew it was only one of the many threats to their way of life.

September 17, 2015

As California continues to face pressing issues of water management, the creation of a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) looms ahead. Senior Mediator Gina Bartlett, who has been arms-deep in the creation process, contributed a post today for the Groundwater Act blog on building consensus. A snippet of that blog post is included below:

August 24, 2015

We've spent far too much time thinking about the global causes of climate change, and not nearly enough worrying about the local impacts that climate change is already having on coastal communities. The distinction is important. Most of the people pushing for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are environmentalists or experts worried about future generations.

August 7, 2015

This post originally appeared on CBI Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer Larry Susskind's blog, The Consensus Building Approach.

July 15, 2015

Managing Director Patrick Field appeared on the online broadcast SCI TV hosted by Joshua Gordon at the Sports Conflict Institute to discuss lessons CBI has learned when dealing with an angry public and how these lesson and

June 12, 2015

CBI, in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, releases a new report on responding to unconventional oil and gas development. This report is meant to serve as a non-partisan resource for local officials who currently or may soon have gas and oil development in their jurisdictions.

April 22, 2015

In 2014, CBI and Casa de la Paz, a Chilean partner organization, jointly mediated a conflict between a major Chilean forestry company and a small community located next to one of the company’s plantations. The process began after the community requested our help in addressing a range of concerns about the company’s activities, and the company agreed to engage in a dialogue process.

The community’s primary concerns included:

April 15, 2015

CBI Senior Fellow Melissa Deas has written and released a report on Farm to Institution New England (FINE), a network that crosses six states in New England. Using interviews with members of FINE staff, leaders, partner organizations, and similar organizations, Deas has drawn out some great insights on what makes these networks so valuable, how to build them, and how to sustain them.

Read the full report here!

March 17, 2015

Patrick Field and Tushar Kansal honored for contributions to North American Bat Monitoring Program by the US Forest Service


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