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Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Christopher Moore, Ph.D., Partner, has worked in the field of decision making and conflict management for over twenty years and is an internationally known mediator, facilitator, dispute systems designer, trainer, and author in the field of conflict management. Moore has consulted in twenty-one countries in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He was trained as a mediator by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (1979) and the American Arbitration Association (1976), and holds a Ph.D. in political sociology and development from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Moore, has focused on facilitating or mediating multiparty public, environmental, organizational, and labor management issues, where building or preserving effective working relationships is critical for reaching and implementing agreements. He has acted as an intermediary in both the U.S. and abroad, and is highly experienced in working with groups from different cultural, ethnic, professional, technical, and organizational backgrounds.

Dr. Moore has assisted parties to successfully address and resolve contentious issues over policy development, negotiated rule making, growth management, water development and use, facility operations and re-licensing, mining permits, protection of animal species and habitat, land use, air quality, industry standards, organizational restructuring, board/staff relations, collective bargaining, headquarters and regional office relations, intra- and inter-departmental differences, personnel grievances, ethnic relations and charges of discrimination.

Dr. Moore as extensive experience as a designer of customized decision-making and dispute resolution systems including clients and projects in private and public sectors, and in numerous countries around the world. He specializes in the development and implementation of systems that promote high participant involvement, and the development of consensus-based and cooperative decision-making structures and agreements.

Dr. Moore has assisted in the development of personnel dispute resolution systems for clients as diverse as Levi Strauss & Co., U S WEST Communications, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Colorado; and public decision making and dispute resolution procedures and systems for the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Environmental Protection of the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United Nations, Organization of American States, Agriculture Canada, Justice Canada, the Ministry of the Environment of Indonesia, the Ministry of Justice in Sri Lanka, the Barangay Justice System of the Philippines, and the South African National Peace Accord Structures.

Dr. Moore an internationally-recognized consultant and trainer in conflict management procedures and skills, designed and conducted hundreds of seminars for organizations, and trained over 15,000 individuals to prepare them to be either more effective advocates or intermediaries. A major focus of Dr. Moore's training work focuses on customized capacity-building programs to prepare individuals and organizations to manage and resolve specific kinds of problems. Moore has had a highly diverse training clientele including: CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; Levi Strauss & Co.; U S WEST Learning Systems; Sprint; Canadian National Railroad; Pitney Bowes; U.S. Minerals Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management; the United Nations; The Organization of American States; the Canadian Treasury Board; Canadian National Roundtables; the Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands); GTZ (Germany); Solidarity (Poland); the Ministry of Justice (Haiti); the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; the former Soviet Academy of Sciences (Russia); and bar associations, continuing legal education programs and conflict management associations in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey and Sri Lanka and the United States.

Dr. Christopher Moore, has worked in the field of decision making and conflict management for over twenty years and is an internationally known mediator, facilitator, dispute systems designer, trainer, and author in the field of conflict management. Moore has consulted in twenty-one countries in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He was trained as a mediator by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (1979) and the American Arbitration Association (1976), and holds a Ph.D. in political sociology and development from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Some of Dr. Moore's international organizational projects include: assisting the Treasury Board of Canada to prepare to work cooperatively with sixteen unions and resume collective bargaining; conducting collective bargaining and grievance resolution training for the Solidarity trade union in Poland, and the Miners' Strike Committees in the former Soviet Union; dispute systems design assistance and training for governmental personnel working in Japan and Korea, to negotiate the resolution of international construction and commercial disputes; consulting and training for AVANTEL, a Mexican telecommunications company, to build effective working relationships between international staff.

Several of Dr. Moore's consultations and projects in the public and environmental dispute arenas include: consultation and training in public policy conflict management and democratic decision-making procedures for the Ministry of Environment and ecological groups in Poland; environmental negotiation training for Indonesian government officials; peacekeeping training for non-governmental organizations in Mexico and South Africa; crisis management and dispute systems design assistance for South African black universities; assistance to the South African National Peace Secretariat in the design and training of Regional and Local Peace Committees to implement the National Peace Accord among the government, African National Congress and Inkatha; dispute systems design and culture-specific mediation training for the Ministries of Justice of Sri Lanka and Haiti to initiate and establish nationwide civil dispute resolution systems; multiparty negotiation training, provided through the United Nations, for the Palestinian negotiating team participating in multilateral negotiations on water and environmental issues that are part of the Middle East peace talks; training U.N. diplomats and foreign service officers from a number of countries in international mediation procedures and skills; and assisting staff of the Organization of American States.

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Articles and Video:

Pioneer Series: Essence of Mediation - Video (07/01/14)
Chris Moore shares a piece of a Robert Frost poem which he thinks represents the essence of mediation: finding a common good among people with different interests and different needs.

Pioneer Series: Problem Solving vs. Transformative Mediation - Video (06/09/14)
Chris Moore talks about mediators who are problem solvers and those who attempt to transform the relationships and moral views of the parties; Moore's position is somewhere in the middle.

Interview with Chris Moore (07/01/12)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with mediation pioneer Chris Moore, Founder of CDR Associates in Boulder, CO, and a long time leader in the area of public policy mediation, filmed as part of's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.

Chris Moore: Contexts in which the Center for Dispute Resolution Works - Video (08/20/10)
Chris Moore talks about the focus of CDR's work: large, multi-party disputes that often involve the public, organizational and policy-level work, and work in international disputes.

Chris Moore: Multi-partiality: An Effective Position for Mediators in Resolving Disputes - Video (08/09/10)
Chris Moore explains partiality, neutrality and multi-partiality, the latter being the goal of a mediator's position. He explains multi-partiality within contexts of spousal abuse mediation and exploitation within a third world country.

Chris Moore: Start of the Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) - Video (06/29/10)
Chris Moore explains the start of the Center for Dispute Resolution in 1978 and who the four partners were, which are the same partners as today.

Chris Moore: Equal Representation of Parties' Interests - Video (04/22/10)
Chris Moore describes his position as a mediator to ensure that the parties are in a state to adequately represent their interests in order that the agreement be fair. Example of a woman in a financial dispute who had trouble with numbers because she was brain-damaged.

Moore, Chris: Premature Intervention as Problem - Video (12/29/09)
Chris Moore talks about the problem of mediators wanting to intervene prematurely with the intention of bringing peace into a conflict. Often, one party is less organized than the other and the solution that may be agreed upon will be unequal because of it and gives examples.

Moore, Chris: Increase of Specializations - Video (11/14/09)
Chris Moore talks about the increase of specializations in the mediation field and how there are positives and negatives that go along with it. Also shares how it is important to start out doing interpersonal mediation to gain understanding of the psychology of parties, then one is able to bring some of those skills into larger-scale mediations.

Chris Moore: Working with Unpopular Causes as a Mediator - Video (07/24/09)
Chris Moore talks about working in South Africa and with Nazi sympathizers as part of a mediation.

Moore, Chris: Sources and Effectiveness of Early Training - Video (06/10/09)
Chris Moore describes his training early on with the American Arbitration Association and the organization 'Moving for a New Society'. The training's method of participation, coaching, and feedback impressed him.

Moore, Chris: Changes in World Conflict - Video (05/10/09)
Chris Moore shares his opinion on how world conflict has gone down in some arenas, but in others it has not, as new issues for dispute resolution have arisen. Also, he describes how the field has been more effective at the grassroots level than at a global level.

Moore, Chris: Anti-apartheid Training in South Africa - Video (05/10/09)
Chris Moore's account of CDR's work in South Africa during the apartheid and anti-apartheid movement. Moore describes working with employers and conducting workshops for different South African groups.

Moore, Chris: Work Toward Solution - Video (05/10/09)
Chris Moore describes the role of a mediator: instead of advocating for the conflicting parties to have a better relationship, the mediator's job is to work toward a solution the parties agree to and not push them to transform their relationship, unless the parties desire that.

Moore, Chris: CDR's Start in International Arena - Video (04/10/09)
Chris Moore explains how CDR started its international work: being trained in Canada, working in Sri Lanka and then in South Africa.

Chris Moore: Starting Mediating? - Video (03/19/09)
Chris Moore explains how one-on-one mediation is a good place to start for mediators coming into the field. From there, one can gain the skills necessary for more complex dispute contexts.

Mapping Cultures-Strategies For Effective Intercultural Negotiations (03/29/04)
Few 'maps' exist to describe how different cultures resolve conflict. This often leads to misunderstanding and less than optimal agreements. Chris Moore and Peter Woodrow offer a framework for understanding cultural differences and negotiating accordingly...


Featuring 31 of the most experienced mediators in the world.

This two-hour DVD is a "highlight" film of compelling commentary from pioneers and leaders in the field of mediation.

(2006) ISBN # 1-933857-04-8

This video is also available by online streaming here

DVDs are available for shipment to the United States and Canada. International purchasers are asked to order the online streaming version of this resource at

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Moore, Chris
Complete hour-long interview of Chris Moore by Robert Benjamin.

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