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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: CONCUR, Inc
  • Country: USA
  • City: Berkeley
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1987
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Environmental Disputes

[edit] Description

“CONCUR specializes in combining environmental policy analysis with facilitation and mediation skills to resolve complex disputes involving scarce or limited natural resources. CONCUR applies a range of analytic and strategic planning skills that help clients make difficult decisions.

CONCUR provides the full range of professional services needed to support this primary objective, including agreement- focused facilitation, strategic planning and environmental policy analysis.

Principals John K. Gamman, Ph.D and Scott T. McCreary, Ph.D both earned their doctorates in conflict resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and were Associates of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Since 1987, CONCUR has worked nationally and internationally as facilitators, mediators and trainers to resolve regional, statewide, national, transboundary and bioregional disputes.

CONCUR has helped to resolve a wide range of disputes including cases involving water, fisheries, forests, land use, wetlands, endangered species protection, facility siting, toxic waste clean-up, health risk, flood control and cross-cultural conflicts involving indigenous and developing country communities.

This dual expertise is the foundation of CONCUR's philosophy: to integrate different disciplines that strengthen our problem-solving capability, so CONCUR can provide clients the highest quality professional services.

In fall 2006, CONCUR opened a New York City office. The New York office is headed by Bennett Brooks, a native New Yorker and a Senior Associate with CONCUR since 1998. Bennett is involved in all facets of CONCUR project work, including facilitation, policy analysis and process design. He is responsible for managing some of the firm's largest contracts, and his project work has included facilitating collaborative dialogues on public financing, military base reuse, ecosystem restoration issues and complex water resource conflicts. The New York office project work is expected to focus on environmental, land use and economic development issues. CONCUR staff is currently exploring several potential initiatives with organizations located in the New York metropolitan area.”

[edit] Approach

“ Seven Principles That Structure Our Approach and Distinguish Our Practice

  • Neutrality: CONCUR works in a neutral facilitation and mediation capacity. Our firm does not work as hired advocates for any one organization. CONCUR represents the interests of our clients by promoting clear communication and effective decision making.
  • Dual Expertise: CONCUR brings both substantive and process expertise to our work. Our staff has extensive substantive knowledge in natural science, public policy, environmental planning and organizational development. In addition, our process knowledge includes extensive training in the full range of collaborative negotiation and mediation techniques.
  • Legitimacy and Accountability: Our experience in crafting consensus-based agreements and management plans, coupled with our dual expertise, creates legitimacy among both agency clients and in the broader technical and stakeholder community. Our neutrality enables us to help parties act and work together in an accountable and effective manner.
  • Joint Fact-Finding: As an integral part of our facilitation model, we work directly with scientists, engineers and other specialists to assemble and clearly communicate the very best available technical information. By guiding and structuring the exchange of technical information CONCUR helps contending parties escape the pitfalls of "adversary science" and build a firm foundation for policy and political agreements.
  • Multiple Options: CONCUR structures its mediated/facilitated dialogues to encourage brainstorming and creative thinking. In order to promote the achievement of mutual gains in negotiations, participants also are encouraged to commit to developing multiple options for each issue under discussion, rather than insisting that only one possible solution exists.
  • Building Stepwise Agreements: The CONCUR process for building agreements proceeds through a logical sequence of steps in which parties create a series of small agreements, culminating in a complete solution to the problem under discussion. These steps are outlined in the figure below.
  • Stability and Durability: Our process is designed to yield a decision or strategy that can be implemented and that is legally and administratively stable and durable".

[edit] California Small Business Certification

CONCUR received Small Business (SBD) Certification from the State of California Department of General Services, Procurement Division. This certification, given to independently owned and operated businesses in the State of California that meet key criteria, entitles small businesses to benefits under the Small Business Participation Program within state contracting, including a five percent bidding preference and special provisions under the Prompt Payment Act.

[edit] Professional Services

As the competition grows for scarce natural and economic resources, public agencies and other parties are increasingly turning to face-to-face negotiation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution strategies to resolve their differences. CONCUR applies these tools to help parties make tough decisions on setting policies, crafting regulations, and making site-specific decisions.

Their expertise and experience spans the full spectrum of environmental, land use, and natural resource issues. Their project-level engagements include water supply, flood control, hydroelectric plant licensing, toxic waste remediation, and transit corridor alignment. Other projects have addressed forestry practices, rare and endangered species protection, protection restoration of wetlands in urbanizing settings, highways and transit corridor alignment, and establishment of parks. Still other projects involve the sitting and associated mitigation of coastal ports for residential and commercial uses. Projects focusing on policy development include water use efficiency, crafting large-scale ecosystem restoration plans, growth management, ranking of environmental and economic risk factors and species recovery, and ranking of research priorities to examine social impacts of energy development.

[edit] Contact

1832 Second St. Berkeley, CA 94710 - USA

Phone: (510) 649-8008

Fax: (510) 649-1980


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