Bill Lincoln

Bill Lincoln Bill Lincoln is the Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institute, Inc.

With CRI Board Member Polly Davis, he is the Co Founder of the “International Coalition of Concerned Mediators”, currently comprised of over 1,000+ mediatorswithin fifty nations

These organizations provide direct intervention services, coaching, and new program development for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts. His professional experiences include direct intervention in riots within adult correctional institutions, public school desegregation crisis, Native American affairs, environmental disputes, and internal corporate affairs [The Travelers Group, Ford. Boeing. Microsoft, Starbucks, Trendwest Amazon, etc.]

Bill’s international experience is extensive: Preparing the Sandinistas and the political opposition UNO for Nicaragua’s transitional government negotiations; preparing and providing impartial coaching for all parties in the UN mediated Guatemala Peace Process; serving as co founder and co director of the fourteen year old St. Petersburg based Russian-American Program on Conflictology; unifying a fractionated Solidarity in Poland; developing a professional standard of competency for mediation interveners with the Helsinki Human Rights Foundation; and since 2002 working in Khartoum Sudan with Christian and Islamic factions; and since 2004 working in Afghanistan with a coalition of former “war lords”.

Bill was one of the nine Federal Commissioners on the "U.S. Commission to Hear and Examine Proposals for the National Academy for Peace and Conflict Resolution” which resulted in Congress establishing the United States Institute of Peace [USIP]. He is the recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in the professions of negotiation and mediation: (i) the 2003 annual Master Forum Award by the Straus Center for Dispute resolution of Pepperdine University’s School of Law and (ii) the 2004 annual Award of Excellence by the International Academy of Mediators.

Bill’s federal clients include the Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Personnel. For many years he has served as adjunct faculty at FEI, and he is a former faculty member of Harvard University.

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Articles and Video:

First Mediation was Riot in Rochester (12/05/19)
Bill Lincoln describes his effectiveness in his first mediation experience, helping to quell a riot in Rochester.

Mediating Desegregation Dispute (09/01/19)
Bill Lincoln describes a case he mediated where various ethnic groups called for his leadership in mediating disputes surrounding desegregation in schools.

Interview with Bill Lincoln (07/01/19)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with mediation pioneer Bill Lincoln as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Lincoln, Bill: Imparting Mediation Tools to Disputing Parties - Video (09/16/09)
Bill Lincoln talks about creating the capacity in the parties in order that they are equipped with the tools needed to mediate themselves. Goal is to end with a settlement.

Bill Lincoln: Mediation Interview - Video (08/20/09)
This is an hour-long video with Bill Lincoln, Director of the Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institute, Inc. [CRI]. Bill discusses his entry into mediation, and how he has worked with various cross-cultural conflicts, locally and internationally.

Lincoln, Bill: Mediators Not Neutral, But Impartial - Video (08/16/09)
Bill Lincoln explains how he doesn't see mediators as being neutral, but sees them as having a duty to facilitate a process and be impartial.

Lincoln, Bill: Leading Training Courses for Mediators - Video (05/15/09)
Bill Lincoln speaks of his leadership role in training mediators in order to have a "professional standard of competency".

Lincoln, Bill: Values and Principles that Led to Mediating Internationally - Video (05/15/09)
Bill Lincoln talks about his start in international mediation and how he wanted to end the contradiction of rapid social change and orderly social change.

Bill Lincoln: Teaching Mediation in Cuba - Video (05/14/09)
Bill Lincoln describes training members of the foreign ministry in Cuba: developing curriculum, meeting with ambassadors, teaching negotiation.

Bill Lincoln: Qualities that the Mediators and Parties Need - Video (04/12/09)
Bill Lincoln describes his style: the enthusiasm and excitement he brings to mediating while relinquishing responsibility and giving it to the disputing parties.

Lincoln, Bill: International Mediation Training - Video (03/15/09)
Bill Lincoln describes his work in Afghanistan trying to implement mediation courses within the university and Foreign Ministry; he underscores his two points of entry into a country: the university system and the foreign ministry.

Like it or Not, the United States and Iran are Partners: Seven Principles for Moving Forward Negotiations (02/27/08)
There is a point to be made and not to be forgotten: Conflict adversaries such as the United States and Iran are indeed the partners which each other needs and seeks if they are to prevent, manage and resolve dysfunctional conflict. While the nuclear issue is seemingly the focal point of the conflict, in reality it is the overall US-Iranian relationship that must be addressed if stability and real security is to be achieved in the region.


The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm Vol. I
Views from the Eye of the Storm

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

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Complete Interview with Bill Lincoln
Bill is a leader in the field of mediation, negotiation, training, and systems design on local, national, and international levels. He has worked extensively in the former Soviet Union, Russia, England, Pakistan, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba and in Sudan.

The interview took place at the 2004 conference of the International Academy of Mediators.