Session 2

March 7, 2013
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)


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Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT; Vice Chair, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Title: "Involving Civil Society in Water Management Decisions in Times of Great Uncertainty"

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Lawrence Susskind is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served on the faculty for 35 years and currently directs the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy and Planning. He is also Vice-Chair for Instruction at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, which he helped found in 1982, and where he heads the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and teaches advanced negotiation courses. In 1993, Professor Susskind created the Consensus Building Institute. He is currently Senior Consultant for the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) which is a not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, MA that provides mediation and dispute system design to both public and private sector clients.

His current work includes leading CBIs efforts to mediate Bedouin land claims in the southern desert of Israel. He has been involved in a wide range of initiatives to address the land claims of First Nations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Professor Susskind has mediated more than 50 disputes, including land use conflicts, facility siting controversies, public policy disagreements, and confrontations over water. He has served as a court-appointed special master and helped facilitate negotiations on arrangements of global environmental treaties. He offers a range of executive training programs each year and has served as guest lecturer at more than two-dozen universities around the world. Professor Susskind's book, Breaking Robert's Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus and Get Results (Oxford University Press, 2006), synthesizes what he has learned about consensus building techniques and strategies that work most effectively in the public arena. He is author of 16 other books including Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization (Harvard Business Publishing, 2009), Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford, 1995), Negotiating Environmental Agreements (Island Press, 1999), Dealing With An Angry Public (Free Press, 1994), and the award-winning Consensus Building Handbook (Sage, 1999).

Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of fifteen books and more than 100 book chapters, articles, working papers, and consulting reports including papers in Yale Journal of Regulation, Vermont Law Review, Journal of Environmental Affairs, Urban Law Annual, Journal of Public Policy and Management.

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