Douglas Thompson

Douglas Thompson

Douglas Thompson

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Position or Title Senior Mediator

Professional Biography My experience as a neutral is both broad and deep, having mediated numerous cases ranging from two-party, single-issue matters to cases involving multiple parties and aspects. I couple a party-centered view of mediation (“find out where they want to go and help them get there”) with strong diagnostic skills that assist parties to determine relevant information, identify key interests and think hard and clearly about options.  I am, moreover, flexible as to my role and able to take a more or less directive role as desired by the parties.  As an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, I  teach certificate and masters students and am well-versed in various approaches to mediation (e.g., “facilitative,” “problem-solving,” “evaluative,” “transformative” and so forth).  By dint of training, personality and experience with what works, I rely primarily on a facilitative and pragmatic approach to mediation in keeping with the principle of party self-determination.  That said, I stand ready to help parties generate options for settlement, evaluate the risks, costs and benefits of various alternatives and focus on moving the process toward a decision (whether settlement or some other course of action).  In a dozen years service as a as a mediator and facilitator, I have participated in matters related to environmental policy, stormwater, enforcement, hydropower relicensing, chemical weapons destruction, wetland/§404 issues

Address Line 1 Consensus Building Institute

City Cambridge

State Massachusetts

Zip 2142

Phone 617-844-1136

Small Business Yes

GSA Schedule Provider Yes

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 53

ECR Services Provided

Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortMiddlesex Fells Reservation Resource Managment Plan2010
Regulatory NegotiationsNational Water Quality Standards Forum2008
Conflict/Situation AssessmentMountaintop Mining Situation Assessment2008
Public Engagement/Public InputNational Vaccine Policy Public Engagement2008
Strategic Planning for Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortCarbon Canopy2007
Policy DialoguesEndangered Species Act Dialogue2006
Mediation/Assisted NegotiationWeekly Court Mediations in Massachusetts District Courts1996

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Wetlands and/or EstuariesClean Water Act, Wetland/Section 404 Training2012
NEPASt. Johns Bayou/New Madrid Floodway Project2011
Environmental Planning (e.g., NEPA, Forest plans, travel mgmt., resource mgmt.)Middlesex Fells Reservation Resource Managment Plan2010
Environmental Enforcement and PermittingNPDES Permit Appeal Mediation2010
FisheriesBottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team Meetings2009
MiningSurface Mining in Appalachia2009
Water QualityNational Water Quality Standards Forum2008
SuperfundYaworski Lagoon Superfund Case2008
Public HealthNational Vaccine Policy Public Engagement2008
Forest and Timber IssuesCarbon Canopy2007
Environmental HealthWaterborne Disease Workshop2007
Endangered Species and/or Critical HabitatEndangered Species Act Dialogue2006

Type of Public Decision

PlanningAddressing Fire Risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface2013
Compliance and enforcement actionU.S. EPA Region V Clean Water Act Enforcement Case2012
Siting and ConstructionSt. Johns Bayou/New Madrid Floodway Project2011
RulemakingClean Boating Act2010
License and permit issuanceNPDES Permit Appeal Mediation2010
Policy developmentAssembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives2005

Case Size

Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsNational Water Quality Standards Forum2008
Cases involving more than 60 participantsNational Vaccine Policy Public Engagement2008
Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsCarbon Canopy2007
Cases involving u00a03 or fewer participantsDyer Wetland Enforcement Case2000

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

Large landscape scaleNortheast Climate Science Center2012
StateMiddlesex Fells Reservation Resource Managment Plan2010
InteragencySurface Mining in Appalachia2009
InternationalCyanide Detection Workshop2009
IntergovernmentalNational Water Quality Standards Forum2008
National or regionally significant casesEndangered Species Act Dialogue2006
Local/communityCharlestown Navy Yard Strategic Planning2006
Multi-jurisdictionalU.S. Green Building Council2005
Tribal governmentIndian Taxation Advisory Board2002

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)National Vaccine Policy Public Engagement2008
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsGreat Lakes Hydro America2004
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsVermont Stormwater Investigative Docket2004
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Visualization Tools (e.g., electronic maps, flyover video simulations, geographic information systems, digital storytelling)West Valley, NY Nuclear Waste Site Remediation2010
Project Websites (static, interactive, portals, etc.)Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team Meetings2009
Engagement/Communication Tools (e.g., polling tools, social media, collaborative document production, video conferencing, webinars, ideation tools)National Vaccine Policy Public Engagement2008

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