216 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:16 Jul 2013

Common Ground on Hostile Turf

Stories from an Environmental Mediator

Island Press
In our increasingly polarized society, there are constant calls for
compromise, for coming together. For many, these are empty talking
points – for Lucy Moore, they are a life's work. As an
environmental mediator, she has spent the past quarter century
resolving conflicts that appeared utterly intractable. Here, she shares
the most compelling stories of her career, offering insight and
inspiration to anyone caught in a seemingly hopeless dispute. Moore has
worked on wide-ranging issues – from radioactive waste storage to
loss of traditional grazing lands. More importantly, she has worked
with diverse groups and individuals: ranchers, environmental activists,
government agencies, corporations, tribal groups, and many more. After
decades spent at the negotiating table, she has learned that a case
does not turn on facts, legal merit, or moral superiority. It turns on
people. Through ten memorable stories, she shows how issues of
culture, personality, history, and power affect negotiations. And she
illustrates that equitable solutions depend on a healthy group dynamic.
Both the mediator and opposing parties must be honest, vulnerable,
open, and respectful. Easier said than done, but Moore proves that
subtle shifts can break the logjam and reconcile even the most fiercely
warring factions. 

Lucy Moore has worked as a mediator, facilitator,trainer and consultant, specializing in natural resource and publicpolicy disputes. She continues to work, as Lucy Moore Associates, witha diverse group of colleagues on both regional and national cases,often with a multicultural or tribal component.
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