Talking…will it make a difference?

What’s our purpose?

What is the problem we need to discuss?

What risks and benefits do we face if we agree to engage?

As you contemplate whether to sponsor or participate in talks, such as:

  • Stakeholder negotiations
  • Public involvement
  • Joint fact finding
  • Strategic planning

you may benefit from an independent perspective. CDR can accurately profile the situation and offer an objective assessment to help you determine:

  • If talks are likely to be successful
  • Who should be involved
  • How the process should be organized.

CDR’s practical assessments map public disputes, industry sector issues, organizational problems, and conflict resolution systems. We talk with all the actors – policy makers, industry leaders, activists, government officials – listening intently, untangling the relationships, and unpacking the perspectives. Then, we share what we’ve learned and build on your valuable insights, offering a clearer picture of exactly what is going on.

Using the information from our assessments, you can weigh the risks and benefits of proceeding (or not) and validate the problem before crafting solutions. Regardless of the outcome of our assessment, the choice to invest your time and effort in some form of talks is yours.

If you choose to go forward, CDR can help by:

  • Designing the best structure for talking
  • Determining the right process
  • Providing a neutral space that lends legitimacy to the work you do
  • Advising on selection and development of effective working relationships with a facilitator or mediator.

You will receive a set of recommendations on choosing participants and a clear roadmap to meet your goals. You’ll also benefit from a CDR strategy for dealing with important technical matters that may arise from your talks.

CDR assessment and design provides:

  • Quick or in-depth assessments of complex public disputes, industry sector problems, organizational issues, and conflict resolution systems
  • Discussions with concerned stakeholders to discern relationships and perspectives
  • Detailed reports of findings and recommendations for next steps, including:
    • Assessment of the viability of talks
    • Draft roadmap of the process, its purpose, and desired outcomes
    • Key participants
    • Issues and questions to address
    • Meeting structure
    • Strategies to achieve results
  • Plan for gathering, sharing, and explaining technical information

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