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Welcome to the Lincoln Archives – a work in progress to honor and share the work of mediation pioneer William F. Lincoln.

Bill was a national and international mediator, negotiator, trainer, facilitator, mentor, father, friend and continual learner who passed on to the celestial Bargaining Table in March 2020.

Since then a group of his former staff and colleagues have been meeting to ponder how best to support his legacy, and make it available to the field and the general public.

Bill developed systems to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict all over the world. He worked with hundreds of governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Bill worked in a wide variety of sectors – from racial and environmental conflicts to active civil wars. He developed one of the first publicly-accessible certification systems for mediators in the U.S.  He trained and provided the inspiration for many of the early pioneers in developing the field of conflict resolution as we know it today in the United States.

Through the generosity of and Bill’s family we have started to provide access to some of Bill’s materials.

Currently we are posting his:

  • In Pursuit of Promises training
  • Negotiation Primer
  • Interview from 2009 about his life and vision

Stay tuned for his In Pursuit of Promises training manuals.

We encourage you to explore, and to share Bill’s work widely. The family requests any use of Bill’s materials are credited to him.

  • Bruce Johnsen – Chief of Staff
  • Polly Davis – Associate Director
  • Ron Kelly – Mediator, Consulting Partner

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