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

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

by Ann Gosline
July 2019 Ann Gosline

Ann Gosline Interview

Recorded by Robert Benjamin on June 26, 2019

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 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 and institutions of higher education, and the health care, mining, construction, airline, manufacturing, retail, and utilities industries throughout New England and in the Midwest. Extensive experience as facilitator/mediator of multi-party public policy issues, including watershed planning, negotiated rulemaking, development of proposed legislation involving state-wide transportation planning, wetlands and water quality protection, fisheries management, agricultural activities, and state-wide environmental risk assessment and environmental priority setting, health system reform, access to health care, and allocation of legal resources to low income citizens.

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