Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental by Lucy Moore

By Lucy Moore

In our more and more polarized society, there are consistent demands compromise, for coming jointly. for plenty of, those are empty conversing points—for Lucy Moore, they seem to be a life's paintings. As an environmental mediator, she has spent the prior zone century resolving conflicts that seemed totally intractable. the following, she stocks the main compelling tales of her occupation, delivering perception and notion to an individual stuck in a doubtless hopeless dispute.

Moore has labored on wide-ranging issues—from radioactive waste garage to lack of conventional grazing lands. extra importantly, she has labored with diversified teams and participants: ranchers, environmental activists, executive corporations, firms, tribal teams, and lots of extra. After many years spent on the negotiating desk, she has realized case doesn't activate proof, criminal benefit, or ethical superiority. It activates people.

via ten memorable tales, she indicates how problems with tradition, character, historical past, and gear impact negotiations. and he or she illustrates that equitable suggestions depend upon a fit workforce dynamic. either the mediator and opposing events has to be sincere, weak, open, and respectful. more straightforward acknowledged than performed, yet Moore proves that sophisticated shifts can holiday the logjam and reconcile even the main fiercely warring factions.

This booklet could be specifically attractive to someone inquisitive about environmental conflicts; and likewise to scholars in environmental experiences, political technological know-how, and clash solution, and to teachers and pros in mediation and clash answer fields.

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I had adjusted the process to accommodate the cultural differences in the room, and we had reached some kind of breakthrough in which it all came together. I reported on my success to my colleagues at Western Network. They were as transfixed by my story as I had been by the Hopi grandmother’s narrative. We talked about the power of such a story to bridge cultural barriers within a group. Stories were indeed powerful tools, and I was going to be sure to remember that. A few weeks later, I found myself in the conference room at the Pueblo of Sandia.

I reported on my success to my colleagues at Western Network. They were as transfixed by my story as I had been by the Hopi grandmother’s narrative. We talked about the power of such a story to bridge cultural barriers within a group. Stories were indeed powerful tools, and I was going to be sure to remember that. A few weeks later, I found myself in the conference room at the Pueblo of Sandia. The pueblo is surrounded by developed land, bounded by Albuquerque to the south, Bernalillo to the north, Rio Rancho to the west, and, blessedly, the Sandia Mountains to the east.

She said with a laugh. ” I looked around the table. There were smiles; there were looks of admiration; there were some moist eyes. I thanked Thelma for her story and asked the next person to introduce herself. We continued around the table, hearing longer introductions from the Native Americans, but as we progressed the Anglo task force members began to open up, too, and reveal more of themselves. By the time we had completed the circle, it was almost time for lunch. Half the day was gone, and I was worried about the little time remaining to deal with the tough issues.

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