Professional facilitators have played a critical role in tough natural resources disputes and are increasingly adding value as the debate heats up.
When Should I Engage a Professional Facilitator?
Facilitators can contribute significantly when:
- There is a divisive, complicated issue
- Parties with divergent perspectives are not engaging productively
- A group with a big agenda is encountering challenges moving forward
- Litigation is a threat
- Preserving relationships is critical
What Value Does Professional Facilitation Contribute?
- Yields more durable agreements with widespread support
- Empowers stakeholders to solve problems
- Strengthens relationships that are critical for ongoing partnership
- Generates policies, programs, and other concrete outcomes
- Often saves money and prevents lawsuits
- Often helps expand funding opportunities
How do I find and select a facilitator?
- Interview candidates to discern their expertise, process, and personality/style. Ask them to provide examples of how they have handled challenging engagements and results that they have produced for clients. Involve other members of the group in conversations with candidates.
- Consult the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Roster of vetted environmental conflict resolution professionals, with over 300 practitioners around the country.
- Beyond our own expertise at the Consensus Building Institute, the following firms also conduct mediation:
The Consensus Building Institute would be happy to discuss your facilitation needs and match you with a facilitator or recommend a next step. Please contact CBI at firstname.lastname@example.org and a staff member will follow up with you.