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Some of my most rewarding projects have been with local committees that engage members of the community to make important decisions that affect that community or region. As I reflected on some of these facilitations, a number of insights and learnings surfaced about how to set up, support, and reward these volunteer bodies. Here are four suggestions for choosing the right people, setting the right expectations, and providing the right support right off the bat.
Central to the American Dream is the belief that through education and hard work, each generation can raise its standard of living, and create greater opportunities for the next. But over the past forty years, incomes for lower-wage workers have stagnated, and economic inequality has increased. Education and hard work are no longer a guarantee of upward mobility for lower-wage workers.
Facing growing pressure and concern to generate a strategy to address land and property issues in Marawi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) turned to the Consensus Building Institute. CBI mediators have helped develop systems to manage post-conflict land and property issues in peace processes in Guatemala, Timor Leste, and Sri Lanka.
It’s hard to find an arena closer to people’s hearts than their schools. In Nicholas County, West Virginia, despite shrinking enrollment and tight budgets, the rival high schools in Richwood and Summersville have served as the centers of civic community life. So it wasn’t surprising that a proposal to consolidate the schools erupted in controversy and intense conflict.
As energy extraction and production technology has advanced, a whole host of issues around siting arose across stakeholders. CBI outlines seven key lessons from mitigating these types of conflicts and announces a new book.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, role play simulations serve as a powerful tool to help South Carolina communities address the impacts of climate change.
A small riverfront community in New York confronts the challenges of sea level rise head-on through work with CBI.
Community advisory groups (CAGs) can play an important role in engaging the community to manage long-term cleanup sites. However, it's vital to set them up for success.
Merrick Hoben and David Plumb explain three process observations from their work with palm oil and salmon in Latin America.
CBI and Convergence convened an unusual coalition of budget experts and advocates to brainstorm new ideas to improve managing the U.S. budget.
Cognitive biases can provide shortcuts to decision-making, but in complex and contentious processes, they often get in the way of making the best agreements.
Joint fact finding alone is not always enough when facing issues that span over broad geographic areas and may take years to examine.