The Department of Interior recently selected CBI's Managing Director Patrick Field and Senior Associate Rachel Milner Gillers to facilitate the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), part of the Obama administration's Open Government Partnership. As facilitators, CBI will assist the U.S. in developing an effective outreach and engagement process as it readies the U.S. application for candidacy to the global EITI, a voluntary, multi-national initiative promoting transparency in reporting revenues received for oil, gas, and mineral development.
CBI recently completed its report for the UNDG, titled "UN Country Teams Engaging in National Policy Dialogue: Lessons from the Field," assessing how effective UN Country Teams have been in their efforts to engage in “upstream” policy dialogue with senior government counterparts.
Lawrence Susskind, CBI Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT, was featured in a December 15 Reuters article by Roberta Rampton analyzing recent disputes within the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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?