When citizens are asked to serve on committees charged with addressing complex problems, what is really being asking of them? And how can we (mediators and public policy facilitators), help them?
Over the past three and a half years, CBI has served as consultant to the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) on a GCI project to improve heritage professionals’ knowledge and skills in constructively engaging stakeholders around the sustainable management of cultural heritage places.
Climate change poses a range of threats to communities around the world. Despite the strong consensus in the scientific community about the issue, many leaders and citizens remain skeptical. What can communities do now to manage the risks posed by climate change?
Patrick Field's review essay, "The Unreliable Narrator?" is a critical examination of John Forester's 2009 book, Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes. The book focuses on several different mediators working on multiparty, public sector disputes and in narrative form, tells the mediators' stories of intervening in protracted, painful public disputes.
The Trustees of Reservations and CBI are pleased to present a one-day course for municipal and community leaders and planning professionals, providing the tools they need to assess the impacts of climate change and manage the risks it poses.
Sometimes when we offer negotiation training, we learn as much as we teach. And occasionally, what we learn can make us rethink the meaning of our work.
After the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, leading figures in both politics and media worried aloud that we are losing our ability to respectfully debate. They argued, from various standpoints, that public discourse has devolved over the last two decades, toward simplistic and divisive characterizations of parties, ideas, and issues.
Lawrence Susskind, CBI Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer, was featured as a guest commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange". Susskind discussed the effects of "NIMBYism" (Not in My Backyard) on the siting of renewable energy projects.
This article reviews three basic assumptions that are called into question by recent findings regarding specific kinds of errors that people are prone to make when determining how they feel, and suggests that this line of research has important implications for negotiation theory, research, advice, and practice.
A practical list from CBI on the "right way" and the "wrong way" to go about siting wind energy facilities.