Sandor Schuman

Sandor Schuman

Sandor Schuman

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Position or Title Facilitator

Professional Biography Sandy Schuman has been helping groups work more effectively to solve complex problems and make critical decisions for more than thirty years. He facilitates problem-solving and decision-making processes for a wide variety of public management and policy issues and provides training in group facilitation, decision making, systems thinking, conflict management, public involvement, information management, and organizational storytelling. He has extensive experience with environmental management and policy issues (including water, energy, waste, toxic materials, and natural disasters), health, insurance, and social service issues, administrative systems, and information resource management.  Sandy is president of Executive Decision Services LLC and former associate at the University at Albany, SUNY. For more than ten years he served as moderator of the "Electronic Discussion on Group Facilitation" and Editor-in-Chief of "Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal." His books include "The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation," "Creating a Culture of Collaboration," and "Working with Difficult Groups," all published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley. He helped found the International Decision Conferencing Forum and the New York State Forum on Conflict and Consensus. His articles have been published in Creating Collaborative Advantage, Fisheries, Government Technology, Information & Management, Interfaces, and others.

Address Line 1 29 Magnolia Terrace

City Albany

State New York

Zip 12209

Phone 518-229-8345

Small Business Yes

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 110

ECR Services Provided

Joint Fact Finding/Neutral EvaluationCommunity - St. Lawrence Cement Forum2000
Public Engagement/Public InputCommunity - St. Lawrence Cement Forum2000
Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
Process DesignTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
Policy DialoguesSolid Waste Management Round Table1995

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Facility SitingBatchellerville Bridge2001
Transportation and Urban Infrastructure GeneralBatchellerville Bridge2001
MiningCommunity - St. Lawrence Cement Forum2000
Public HealthCommunity - St. Lawrence Cement Forum2000
Coastal Zone and/or Marine Management IssuesRockaway Gateway Greenway1999
Parks and Refuge IssuesRockaway Gateway Greenway1999
Pesticides and/or Toxic SubstancesTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
Military and/or Base IssuesTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
LandfillsSolid Waste Management Round Table1995
Solid or Hazardous Waste issuesSolid Waste Management Round Table1995
Land Use, Growth Management, Sustainable DevelopmentHazard Mitigation Task Force - Hurricane Andrew1992
FloodplainHazard Mitigation Task Force - Hurricane Andrew1992

Type of Public Decision

Siting and ConstructionBatchellerville Bridge2001
PlanningCommunity - St. Lawrence Cement Forum2000
Compliance and enforcement actionEnvironmental Audits and Pollution Prevention1999
Policy developmentSolid Waste Management Round Table1995

Case Size

Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsBatchellerville Bridge2001
Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
Cases involving more than 60 participantsHazard Mitigation Task Force - Hurricane Andrew1992

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

StateEnvironmental Audits and Pollution Prevention1999
InteragencyTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
National or regionally significant casesTechnologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
IntergovernmentalSolid Waste Management Round Table1995

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsCommunity - St. Lawrence Cement Forum2000
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)Technologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Visualization Tools (e.g., electronic maps, flyover video simulations, geographic information systems, digital storytelling)Batchellerville Bridge2001
Decision Analysis/Decision Support/Modeling (e.g., spatial analysis, multi-criteria discussion support, scenario planning, charettes)Technologies for Destroying Chemical Weapons1996

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