OTPIC Officially Retired

As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.

The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.

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International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict

Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA

Failure to Identify Potentially Interested Parties

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Complex public policy conflicts often involve a multitude of people and groups. Some groups are obvious-the people who are advocating a policy change, and the vocal people or groups who oppose that change. Usually, however, there are a number of other people or groups who remain largely hidden, yet are likely to be affected by and therefore concerned about any decision that is made. If these people are left out of the decision making process, but are adversely affected by the decision that results, they may become angry and try to reverse the decision or block its implementation.

Links to Possible Treatments of this Problem:

Conflict Mapping

Links to Related Problems:

Failing to identify all of the relevant issues

Excluded Parties


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