A Step Removed: Third-Party Neutrals as Process Coaches
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Carolyn Penny, J.D., Common Ground: Center for Cooperative Solutions, University of California at Davis
John B. Stephens, Ph.D., Public Dispute Resolution Program, School of Government, University of North Carolina

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

Come to this interactive session to learn about and discuss an emerging process choice, third-party neutral as process coach or mentor for a collaborative stakeholder effort. We’ll cover the concepts, benefits and drawbacks of these arrangements. Based on real-life process coach scenarios, session participants will discuss best practices for selection and implementation of this approach. This session is appropriate for all conference participants who want to leave with a greater understanding of and practical approach to the process choice of third-party neutral as coach or mentor.

Primary Target Audience(s): Corporate Entities/Resource Users • ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators • Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal) • Non-governmental Organizations