Ann Gosline Interview: The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

Ann Gosline:
The Wider Influence of Mediation and Negotiative Thinking Beyond Practice

After receiving her B.A. degree from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law, and practiced labor law for a few years and then gravitated into work as a mediator, arbitrator, and facilitator. For some 30 years, she successfully practiced, wrote books and articles that are still referenced, and became a recognized expert in not only labor arbitration and mediation, but in the management of complex technical and scientific matters. Together with her business partner, Jonathan Reitman, their firm managed countless public policy issues concerning environmental quality, climate change, health care, commercial dealings, transportation planning, wetlands protection and watershed restoration, among many others. She is on the Roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution Practitioners maintained by the U.S. Institute For Environmental Conflict Resolution.

In roughly 2010, however, she shifted roles and devoted herself to focusing on issues of climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development and how way people live, work, and use resources in vastly different terrains of the Arizona desert and Maine Woodlands. And, like many others who began in the formal practice of dispute resolution, Ann began to venture beyond the defined disciplinary roles. Nevertheless, Ann’s acquired negotiative and systemic thinking frame and approach acquired in her earlier work remains strongly apparent in her present roles. This suggests that even if less formally acknowledged, the mindset of the work continues to influence our surrounding culture and politics, especially with regard to managing the existential matters we currently face as a society.


Ann Gosline

Ann Gosline is a practicing attorney since 1976, full-time neutral mediator, facilitator, trainer/consultant and arbitrator since 1984. Extensive experience mediating and arbitrating complex employment, environmental and public policy disputes. Has served as a mediator or arbitrator for over one thousand disputes arising in the federal, state, and municipal government, schools… MORE >

Featured Mediators

View all

Read these next


Meditation Enhances Mediation: A Six Sigma Perspective (excerpt)

This article is an excerpt. Please view a PDF of the entire article attached below.Introduction Core values that promote trust, diversity, personal and professional growth, mutual respect, and productive communication...

By Pradeep Deshpande, Tony Belak

The Hague Convention, Seven Characteristics, and Mediation

This essay is a continuing work in progress, as the dynamic of mediation continues to expand into many areas. It is a work in progress as we work to broaden...

By Mary Damianakis

Divorce Mediation: How it Works

Civil Negotiation and Mediation by Nancy HudginsI just got off the phone with a party interested in mediation. He asked me to tell him something about the process. I co-mediate...

By Nancy Hudgins

Find a Mediator