Wrapping up its final phase, the New England Climate Adaptation Project, a joint effort from CBI, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's Science Collaborative, has been prominently featured in the news of the local towns it has worked in.
CBI is pleased to announce that our Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer, Lawrence Susskind has published a new book Good for You, Great for Me: Finding the Trading Zone and Winning at Win-Win Negotiation. Stepping beyond the traditional model of "win-win" negotiation, this book introduces the idea that you can still come ahead in a negotiation without sacrificing your relationship with your trading partners.
CBI is part of a team under Brown and Caldwell working with the Glenn School at Ohio State University to facilitate engagement in 'Blueprint Columbus'.
A program of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Blueprint Columbus seeks to improve neighborhoods and prevent sewer overflows by addressing overflow causes and building green infrastructure to keep excess storm water from entering the sanitary system. The innovative program was recently featured in "Governing Magazine" and on the National League of Cities website.
CBI is proud to congratulate CBI Board member Adil Najam on his recent appointment to Dean of Boston University’s new Pardee School of Global Studies. Adil Najam previously headed BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future and has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As the world shrinks before our eyes, common questions thread through conversations about the next 20 years: how to feed us all, how to manage our water supply, and how to ensure we can power our ever-changing planet. With the urgency increasing every day and the unpredictable impacts of climate change looming on the horizon, including women in conversations about how to tackle these issues will be critical to creating durable solutions and novel approaches to complex problems.
Brand new technologies emerge each year across every sector, many of which could profoundly impact the shape of public discourse. These new resources – from Twitter feeds and online meetings to complex software that can map out potential agreements from a set of positions – have the potential to create an exciting world where vast quantities of information are more available than ever before.
With each day, hour, and minute, our world’s population continues to grow. Beyond the numbers game of a burgeoning headcount, consumption patterns continue on the up-and-up, not only in wealthy nations, but in developing nations as well.
The dichotomy of starvation and overconsumption looms above any conversation about food on our planet today. The consumption of cheap, fast food and prevalence of unhealthy eating habits have led to rising obesity rates and other diseases in the countries of the rich, while food insecurity and malnutrition continue to plague the poor across the world. Famine remains a common and devastating occurrence. Two very different situations, yes, but they are linked in the discussion of global strategies for food.
Energy fuels modern economies – both literally and figuratively. Securing affordable, reliable, and clean energy has become a hallmark of successful economic development. Despite agreement on what makes energy system sustainable, debate remains about how to deal with the complicated trade offs between cost and environmental impact; between regulation to ensure reliability and allowing individual choice; and among national, state and local decision-making on energy policies, regulations, infrastructure investments, and facility siting. These decisions are difficult ones, and the stakes have only gotten higher in the face of growing demand for energy and the increasingly noticeable impacts of climate change.
Fresh water nourishes crops, hydrates rural and urban populations alike, and generates energy in countries around the world. Streams and rivers provide natural transportation routes for huge volumes of local and international trade, connecting town-to-town and nation-to-nation.
Our oceans are not only rife with aquatic habitats and fish, but are also home to increasingly valuable sources of energy in the forms of offshore oil, wind, and gas. As we invent new ways to use our ocean resources, the number of competing interests multiplies and the factors determining how we prioritize these resources roll and shift under our feet.
CBI Board Member Colin Rule is awarded the 2013 Mary Parker Follett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution.