Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson

Douglas Thompson has a background in environmental protection, dispute resolution, and management. He serves as a senior mediator and facilitator at CBI. Recent case work has included matters related to issues as diverse and drinking water disinfection, marine mammal concerns, nuclear waste and chemical weapons clean-up, state-federal interactions around technical and policy water quality issues, the credibility of green marketing and sustainable product claims, pandemic flu planning, mountaintop removal mining conflicts, and endangered species.  Prior to joining CBI, he worked eight years at The Keystone Center, based in Colorado. He also spent over 25 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in various technical and management capacities including chief of wetland protection and chief of water enforcement in the New England regional office. As part of EPA’s dispute resolution program, he served as a mediator and facilitator for a number of environmental issues; he also worked on assignment as a founding associate to the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in Tucson, Arizona. He has mediated extensively in the Massachusetts court system, is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution, and has experience mediating EEO, workplace, and family disputes. Doug also works as a court supervisor and senior mediation trainer with Metropolitan Mediation Services in Brookline, MA. He is a long time practitioner of tai chi chuan and an enthusiastic (though not especially good) chess player.

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Articles and Video:

The Limelight Hypothesis, Part 2 (05/05/14)
Being an essay of opinions and observations on sundry issues related to the practice of negotiation; politics and electioneering; dickering over debt in the nation’s capital; Otto von Bismarck’s admonition about watching laws and sausages being made; a budding theory on the effect of constant attention-mongering from MSNBC, FOX News, and other bloggers, pundits, and blabbermouths; the creation of statutes, ordinances, rules, policies, regulations, and standards; and the making of hot dogs, chorizos, kielbasas, and bratwursts.

The Limelight Hypothesis (04/28/14)
There is a Yiddish proverb that says God made man because he loves stories. The world is made of stories and good stories make the world. So here is a good story about negotiation.

Putting "Public" Back in Public Health Work (11/12/07)
Experts say chances of a deadly worldwide outbreak of pandemic flu are increasing. In order to involve the public in developing plans for how the government would react to such an outbreak, the CDC held four public meetings to hear public views about possible community control measures that could limit the outbreak. This report outlines and evaluates this award-winning project, which sought to put the "public" in public health by effectively allowing people to participate in policy development.