CGI is an international network of trainers, connectors, mediators, facilitators, coaches, and systems design professionals that provide assessment, training, facilitation, mediation and process design services to help multiple stakeholders work together to achieve common goals. We focus on education and consulting to help our clients succeed.


Our Structure

Our organization is organized around a Leadership Circle, which is responsible for guiding CGI, its projects and its community of practice towards a positive future. CGI's Leadership Circle is supported by an advisory board, a community of confirmed and trusted collaborative practitioners that make up the core of our network. Beyond that we have our greater community of practice which is made up of a global network of collaborative professionals. CGI uses the members of these circles to create project teams that are designed to meet the specific needs of the clients we serve.

 Leadership Circle

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Dave Savage


As President of Savage Management and ThinkSustain Ability, David works with professionals developing their negotiation, conflict management, stakeholder engagement, leadership, collaboration and business development. Savage's book, Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration, will be published February 2016. Savage's 15 episode podcast, "Break Through to Yes with Collaboration," features 45 experts on collaboration from across the world.
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Kathleen Porter

Kathleen brings 35 years of collaboration and mediation experience leading local and international initiatives. As trusted advisor she facilitates complex environmental, economic and social issues. Kathleen has worked with Federal and Provincial Ministries, industry, First Nations, local government, business and community organizations. Her work includes large infrastructure, regenerative design and environmental management projects. Known for her calm and capable presence, she is able to establish trust working at the grassroots or with senior government and industry decision-makers. 
Her genuine respect for diversity and sense of humour make her an active team player and strong leader. Leading by example, her curiosity ignites engagement and brings clarity to computer models and other technical tools.

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Doreen Liberto-Blanck

Doreen's experience includes collaboration of program management; land use, environmental, transportation, climate change and resource management sustainability and communications strategies, stakeholder facilitation, and team and organizational capacity building. She collaboration sustainable land use planning, resource management, environmental analysis, alternative transportation systems, greenhouse gas reduction, water management issues, stream and river restoration and stabilization, and alternative energy solutions. Doreen received her graduate degree from Pepperdine School of Law in dispute resolution. 
She is a member of the Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB) Climate Change Team working with the United Nations on an International Climate Change Agreement and participated in the December 2015 United Nations COP21 meeting located in Paris, France. Doreen is certified as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Ms. Liberto-Blanck served on the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission from 1999 to July 2005, and was Chairperson twice. She lectured undergraduate and graduate students at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo in the City and Regional Planning Department. She has made a number of presentations at the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference, Planners’ Institute and American Planning Association conferences.

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Jeff Cohen

Jeffrey M. Cohen has been an attorney and a mediator in private practice since 1984. His practice has concentrated in the mediation and facilitation of disputes involving commercial, organizational, labor, workplace and domestic relations issues since 1992. He has rendered mediation and facilitation services for or on behalf of federal, state and local government agencies, public companies, private businesses and partnerships. Mr. Cohen has also mediated and facilitated for Native American tribal groups. Mr. Cohen is an Advanced Practitioner as designated by the Association for Conflict Resolution (“ACR”) and has been admitted to the ACR Academy of Family Mediators. Mr. Cohen has also received certifications from both The Harvard Program on Negotiation and The Cornell University ILR Program for advanced training in dispute resolution.
Mr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) ( from 2008 until 2014, served as Co-Chairman of the ACR Ethics Committee and the ACR Grievance Committee and co-authored ACR’s Ethical Principles and its Grievance Procedures. He continues to serve ACR as co-chair of the ACR Ethics Committee and the ACR Grievance Committee. 
Mr. Cohen has taught continuing legal education courses to his peers on subjects related to mediation practice standards, mediation ethics and the mediation of domestic relations matters. In addition, he has guest-lectured on dispute resolution for numerous organizations, including Albany Law School and is a regular guest lecturer at the Syracuse University School of David B. Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics regarding the mediation practice standards and mediation ethics.

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