Larry Susskind - Action-Reflection-Adaptation-Public Learning: Excerpts from the Life of a Pracademic
Larry Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests focus on the theory and practice of mult party negotiation and public dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, global environmental treaty-making, and the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, particularly those related to climate change adaptation. He is an experienced mediator, having helped to settle more than 50 resource management and development disputes in many parts of the world, mostly through the Consensus Building Institute, which he founded in 1991. Larry is the author or co-author of more than twenty books including, most recently, Environmental Problem-Solving (Anthem), Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness, and Adaptation (Anthem), the second edition of Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford Press), and Good for You, Great for Me (Public Affairs Press).He is one of the co-founders of the inter-university Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he now directs the MIT-Harvard Public Negotiations Program, serves as Vice-Chair for Instruction, and co-directs the Negotiation Pedagogy Initiative. This booklet is based on the author’s frequent interactions with Larry over several years at MIT. During his doctoral studies, the author has had multiple opportunities to work with Larry that not only inspired the author’s research but also exposed him to some of Larry’s important scholarly contributions to the planning field. Conversations in the booklet are grouped under five broad public policy questions to which Larry has made important contributions.
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