Coastal cities around the world face rising sea levels, but the speed at which the water is rising and nature of the impacts are not clear. Even more unclear, and thus hotly debated, is the question of how any given community should respond.
CBI works with senior government officials from across the Middle East and North Africa to explore how they can more effectively prepare domestically for the international stage.
The November 2011 issue of the American Planning Association magazine, Planning, features an article entitled "The Zoning Dispute Whisperer: Adding Mediation to the Planner's Toolkit", by Joshua Abrams. The article discusses the benefits of including mediation in planning processes to "brainstorm unconventional solutions and engage in more in-depth discussion" in an informal environment.
The town of New Shoreham – known as Block Island – sits 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, and generates its own electricity through a privately-owned diesel power plant using fuel brought over by ferry. As the price of diesel has escalated, so have Block Island residents’ electric bills, sometimes reaching more than double the cost on the mainland. In response to such pressures, the town council appointed an Electric Utilities Task Group to seek a way to lower costs.
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.