John talks with Michael about his efforts to assist local and regional governing bodies to manage conflicts within those institutions and between the government and its citizens.
John has acted at times as educator, mediator, facilitator, and conflict advisor to administrators and elected members of North Carolina municipal and county governments.
John B. Stephens is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government in the School of Government at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John’s publications include Guidebook to Public Dispute Resolution in North Carolina and Public Management Bulletin: Using a Mediator in Public Disputes. He is co-author of Reaching for Higher Ground: Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities and School Funding Disputes: Mediate, Don’t Litigate. John serves on the steering committee of the University Network for Collaborative Governance.