Facilitated Solutions, through services provided by Jeff A. Blair, has been providing collaborative services including facilitation, process design, strategic planning, organizational consultation and training, and consensus-building since the 1970s. Facilitated Solutions provides:
- Direct provision of collaborative process services (facilitation, mediation, negotiation, process design, strategic planning) in public-policy cases;
- Provision of facilitation, collaboration and consensus-building, and effective meeting training to local government and state agency staff, as well as to private sector interests and associations involved in public policy discussions;
- Provision of facilitation and process design training to public and private sector neutrals;
- Consultation with public and private sector interests in public policy and regulatory issues regarding their consensus-building and conflict resolution needs; and,
- Assistance to public and private sector entities regarding strategic planning and visioning.
The mission of Facilitated Solutions is to assist clients and their stakeholders to achieve broad based consensus on the development and implementation of effective solutions, and to foster the use of effective collaborative processes and procedures within and across agencies, associations, businesses and between stakeholders. Facilitated Solutions is committed to fostering a civil and respectful discourse and engagement between stakeholders on the evaluation, development and implementation of collaboratively developed solutions to complex public policy issues.
Facilitated Solutions is committed to and pledges to operate using the following Guiding Principles:
Facilitated Solutions Guiding Principles
|Principle I||To be honest and fair in all actions;|
|Principle II||To make no assumptions;|
|Principle III||To operate with integrity;|
|Principle IV||To treat all with respect and civility; and|
|Principle V||To do our best at all times.|
Jeff A. Blair is faculty at Florida State University, and serves as Associate Director for the FCRC Consensus Center. He specializes in stakeholder advisory groups, visioning, workplan (strategic action plan) development and strategic planning initiatives. His work for the Center includes facilitation, process design, strategic planning, and consensus-building on complex public policy initiatives. He has worked with federal, state, local government, and private sector representatives to design and implement collaborative approaches to planning, rule making, and dispute resolution with an emphasis on public participation in the design and implementation of policy in over 167 projects and over 2200 meetings. In addition, he teaches classes and conducts trainings in various dispute resolution topics. Ongoing projects include serving as lead facilitator and conflict resolution consultant for agency stakeholder advisory councils and commissions such as the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Coastal SEES OysterFutures Workgroup, the Gulf of Mexico Angler Focus Group Initiative, the For-Hire Recreational Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Workgroup, and DBPR’s Florida Building Commission including facilitating over 63 special issue stakeholder workgroup projects for the Commission and a total of over 1,000 individual meetings for the Commission since 1999. He served as process consultant and facilitator for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Pest Control Enforcement Advisory Council, Pesticide Review Council, FDACS Agricultural Feed, Seed and Fertilizer Advisory Council, and the Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control for over ten years. He facilitated the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Flood Resistant Standards Workgroup and the Florida Emergency Notification System Vision Workshop. He has done work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including the National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit, Deepwater BP Oil Spill Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement scoping workshops, NOAA Fisheries Chesapeake Modeling Symposium and the Gulf of Mexico Grouper Forum. Work for United States Environmental Protections Agency (USEPA) includes the National Bedbug Summit and the International Public Health Pesticides Workshop in London, England. Work for the private sector includes designing and facilitating the Recreational Boating Stakeholders Growth Summit, and working with National Pest Management Association (NPMA), National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA), Association for Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO), Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Florida Natural Gas Association (FNGA). Mr. Blair has provided facilitation, planning, and process design for numerous agencies, entities, non-profit organizations and associations since 1977. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, a U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals qualified/approved practitioner, and a qualified/approved practitioner on EPA’s Environmental ADR Neutrals Roster. He is a Florida Certified General Contractor and operated a successful design-build firm in Tallahassee Florida from 1980 – 1998 winning the parade of homes three times. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (Philosophy and Anthropology) and the Florida State University (Social Policy and Dispute Resolution).