From public participation to stakeholder engagement and agreement building, CBI helps conveners and stakeholders design processes that best fit their needs, contexts, and resources. Our experts gather data from interviews, focus groups, and surveys to design highly tailored processes that are focused, structured, and useful. CBI’s process design toolbox draws on experience across multiple issue topics, levels of government, contexts, and geographies, to provide rich, seasoned advice and guidance.

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CBI's professionals effectively design and lead a variety of processes, including:

  • Public workshops and engagement
  • Collaborative scientific and technical workshops and summits
  • Networks for education, understanding, and action
  • Coalitions for constituent building and advocacy
  • Community advisory groups
  • Joint fact finding
  • Negotiated rulemaking
  • Policy dialogue
  • National and international conferences
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Breaking the Natural Resources Gridlock with Consensus Building

Breaking the Natural Resources Gridlock with Consensus Building

Feb 6 2017

In California, where I live, rarely a week goes by when the headlines aren’t putting a magnifying glass on the climate shifts in the West and their impact on our natural resources and people. We face stressed natural resources – and a series of heated debates among citizens, government, industry, and environmentalists about how we should allocate our scarce resources. Because of conflicting stakeholder perspectives, agencies do what they can with the information they have and often find themselves in gridlock, unable to define a clear path forward that won’t face strong opposition.

Transforming a Decade Long Wastewater Dispute in Orleans, Cape Cod from Contention to Collaboration

Transforming a Decade Long Wastewater Dispute in Orleans, Cape Cod from Contention to Collaboration

CBI and Partners Mediate a Multi-Stakeholder Process in Developing Innovative Solutions for Managing Wastewater

Promoting Inclusive Development through Economic Change in Nigeria

Promoting Inclusive Development through Economic Change in Nigeria

CBI launches a national, multi-stakeholder forum to catalyze the diversification of Nigeria’s economy and government revenue sources in support of broad-based, sustainable development

Implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

CBI and Partners Manage and Facilitate Conversations Among California Stakeholders to Inform the Development and Implementation of Historic Groundwater Legislation

It's the Process, Stupid!

It's the Process, Stupid!

Aug 6 2015

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

Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation in Sonoma County, California

Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation in Sonoma County, California

CBI Partners with Local Agencies to Develop a Decision-Making and Governance Structure for the County’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency Designee

Facilitating a Comprehensive Public Process to Inform Changes to New Hampshire’s Energy Facility Siting Process

Facilitating a Comprehensive Public Process to Inform Changes to New Hampshire’s Energy Facility Siting Process

CBI, Raab Associates, and the New Hampshire OEP conduct a performance assessment on New Hampshire’s energy facilities siting process through public and stakeholder outreach

Governmental Capacity Building through Conflict Resolution Training in Lima, Peru

Governmental Capacity Building through Conflict Resolution Training in Lima, Peru

CBI partners with the UNDP and Peru’s Defensoria del Pueblo to deliver a framework for mediated conflict engagement.

Facilitating Tribal Input on Indian Land Consolidation

Facilitating Tribal Input on Indian Land Consolidation

CBI facilitates seven culturally sensitive, participatory consultation meetings between Native American Tribes and the U.S. Department of the Interior, which lead to a settlement implementation plan for one of the largest class action settlements in U.S. history.

Facilitating a National Energy Policy Initiative

Facilitating a National Energy Policy Initiative

CBI and the Rocky Mountain Institute design and facilitate the National Energy Policy Initiative to produce expert consensus on policy priorities and disseminate their conclusions in testimony before Congress.

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