1st Edition

Planning in the Face of Conflict The Surprising Possibilities of Facilitative Leadership

By John Forester Copyright 2013
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Bikers and hikers. Sex workers and social conservatives. Agencies and activists. The people involved in planning for a site—or a community—can be like the Hatfields and McCoys. And the process brings them together face to face and toe to toe.

    How can planners take conflicted communities from passionate demands to practical solutions? Facilitative leadership offers helpful answers. Cornell University’s John Forester has produced a dozen profiles of planning practitioners known for their successes in helping communities turn contentious conflicts into practical consensus. This remarkable book tells their stories in their own words.

    Lisa Beutler shows the way she got California’s off-highway vehicle users and recreationists on the same track. Michael Hughes shares the search for common ground for HIV prevention in Colorado. Shirley Solomon recalls how lessons learned in South Africa helped her build trust between Native Americans and county officials in the Pacific Northwest.

    Forester and his panel of experts offer no simplistic formulas but a great deal of practical guidance. From mind mapping to the Hawaiian concept of Ho’ oponopono (making things right), readers will come away with a wealth of ideas they can use to move from the heat of confrontation to the light of creative solutions in their communities.

    Introduction  Part 1 Better Governance When Interests and Values Conflict  1. Mediation and Collaboration in Architecture and Community Planning Laurence Sherman, Director, IBI Group  2. From Conflict Generation through Consensus Building Using Many of the Same Skills Frank Blechman, former Clinical Faculty, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University  Part 2 Learning and State Policy Making  3. Dispute Resolution Meets Policy Analysis: Native Gathering Rights on Private Lands Peter Adler, ACCORD 3.0; past president and CEO, Keystone  4. From Nightmare to National Implications: Off-Highway Vehicle and Parks Regulation Lisa Beutler, Executive Facilitator, Water Resources Group, MWH Americas, Inc.  Part 3 Land Use and Community Planning  5. Creativity in the Face of Urban Design Conflict Ric Richardson, Professor and Director, Community and Regional Planning Program, University of New Mexico  6. From Environmental to Urban to Intermunicipal Disputes Bill Diepeven, Manager, Dispute Resolution Services, Alberta Municipal Affairs  Part 4 Community Development and Governance  7. Facilitation, Ethnicity, and the Meaning of Place Shirley Solomon, Former Chair, Skagit Watershed Council  8. Collaborative Civic Design in Chelsea, Massachusetts Susan Podziba, Public Policy Mediator, Susan Podziba and Associates  Part 5 Environmental and Regional Planning  9. Consensus Building and Water Policy in San Antonio John Folk-Williams, Writer/Editor, www.CrossCollaborate.com, StoriedMind.com  10. Facilitating the Land-Use Planning Process for Vancouver Island Gordon Sloan, Partner, ADR Education  Part 6 Deep Value Differences and Reinventing Community Problem Solving  11. Facilitating Statewide HIV/AIDS Policies and Priorities in Colorado Michael Hughes, Principal, Hughes Collaboration  12. Activist Mediation and Public Disputes Lawrence Susskind, Director MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  13. Conclusion


    John F. Forester directs graduate studies in the City and Regional Planning Department at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.