Community Colloquium: John Jostes

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



John C. Jostes, MPA.AICP

Senior Mediator/Facilitator,

Interactive Planning and Management

National Co-Chair, Environment/Public Policy Section, Association for Conflict Resolution

Santa Barbara City Planning Commissioner

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bren Hall 1414

"Beyond the Comfort Zone:  Building Cross-Sector Partnerships and
Capacity for Regional Decision-Making, Climate Adaptation, and Resilienc

Hosted by Bren Assistant Dean Laura Haston



In this presentation John Jostes will explore the challenges of and opportunities for creating scalable regional initiatives to foster climate resiliency, collaborative leadership, and capacity building in the face of skepticism about the climate-change projections for sea-level rise, heat effects, dwindling water supplies and other long-term impacts. He will explore the dynamics of working across jurisdictional borders between cities, communities, and regions to develop cross-sector partnerships and decision-making capacity in the face of emerging climate-change vulnerabilities. He will discuss the importance of issue framing, outline examples of organizing questions, and review the importance of engaging nongovernmental, business and institutions of higher learning. Jostes will recount his efforts to work with regional councils of government as well as large-scale power and water utility districts, the environmental justice community, and such federal agencies as EPA and the Office of the Secretary of Interior in convening both national level and regional conversations, and link engagement to action.



John Jostes is a practicing mediator and facilitator specializing in complex science-intensive disputes involving environmental and public-policy issues. He is the incoming national co-chair of the Environment/Public Policy Section of the 6,000-member Association for Conflict Resolution, and is serving his second term as a Santa Barbara City Planning Commissioner. He has facilitated and mediated numerous national dialogues, including those related to the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Plan, the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. He most recently served as co-coordinator of programming for a national conference on conflict resolution, climate change, and collaborative governance in Denver last June. He has helped parties from all levels of government, the public and the private sector negotiate agreements over general plan updates, intra-agency tax allocation, wetland and dune system restoration, and transportation corridor siting, to name a few.

His teaching experience includes stints with UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program, the Bren School, and training programs for local agencies and NGO Boards.  He previously founded and managed Interface Planning and Counseling Corporation, a local planning and environmental firm which sponsored over 50 UCSB internships over a 20 year period. Jostes has served on the boards of directors of the Community Environmental Council, The Sustainability Project, and the Southern California Mediation Association, and has conducted pioneering research that resulted in mitigation monitoring being incorporated into the California Environmental Quality Act (AB 884).


NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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