Common Ground on Hostile Turf Stories from an Environmental Mediator

ISBN-10: 1610914112
ISBN-13: 9781610914116
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lucy Moore
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In our increasingly polarized society, there are constant calls for compromise, for coming together. For many, these are empty talking points—for Lucy Moore, they are a life's work. As an environmental mediator, she has spent the past quarter century resolving conflicts that appeared utterly intractable. Here, she shares the most compelling stories of her career, offering insight and inspiration to anyone caught in a seemingly hopeless dispute. Moore has worked on wide-ranging issues—from radioactive waste storage to loss of traditional grazing lands. More importantly, she has worked with diverse groups and individuals: ranchers, environmental activists, government agencies, corporations, tribal groups, and many more. After decades spent at the negotiating table, she has learned that a case does not turn on facts, legal merit, or moral superiority. It turns on people.  Through ten memorable stories, she shows how issues of culture, personality, history, and power affect environmental negotiations. And she illustrates that equitable solutions depend on a healthy group dynamic. Both the mediator and opposing parties must be honest, vulnerable, open, and respectful. Easier said than done, but Moore proves that subtle shifts can break the logjam and reconcile even the most fiercely warring factions. This book should be especially appealing to students in environmental studies, political science, and conflict resolution; academics and professionals in mediation and conflict resolution fields; and anyone concerned with environmental conflicts.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Encountering Hostile Turf
The Power of Story
Sheep in the Wilderness
Finding Common Ground
The Army Corps Takes Orders
A Rugged Road
So Close to Consensus
When the Past Won't Go Away
When Cookies Aren't Enough
Tribes Take the Lead
Conclusion
About the Author
Index

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