Larry
Susskind

Urban and environmental planner, public dispute mediator

Larry writes about: Environment

Larry Susskind, a professor of urban and environmental planning at MIT, is one of America’s most experienced public and environmental dispute mediators and a leading figure in the dispute resolution field. He has mediated more than 50 complex disputes related to the siting of controversial facilities, the setting of public health and safety standards, the formulation and implementation of development plans and projects, and conflicts among racial and ethnic groups.

He is the founder of the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), a nonprofit that provides mediation and negotiation services around the world, and is one of the founders and Vice Chair of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. He directs MIT’s Science Impact Collaborative, which focuses on transboundary water disputes, cybersecurity for critical urban infrastructure, the water shut-off crisis in older American cities and entrepreneurial negotiation. He manages the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) at PON, where he has developed almost 100 simulations that are used to teach negotiation, dispute resolution, and consensus building.

Susskind is the author or coauthor of 20 books, including Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities; Good for You, Great for MeEntrepreneurial Negotiation; and Breaking Robert’s Rules. Through MITxPRO and EdX he teaches a range of online courses.

Conflict is not a bad thing. It is the engine of change.

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