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.
International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict
Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA
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A common problem in many technical and/or scientific disputes is that the public, and often the decision makers as well are not technical experts and they find it difficult, if not impossible, to understand the technical information given them by the experts. The situation can be even further complicated by the fact that both sides to a conflict will usually be able to find their own experts who will contradict the experts on the other side. This leaves the public and the decision makers unable to tell who to believe.
One way to surmount this problem is to ask the experts to present their data in a simplified way that non-scientists can understand. By using graphs, charts, photos, demonstrations, even games, much can be done to explain complex concepts in a way non-technical people can understand. the following three essays give examples of how this can be done.
Impact Study Requirement
Dealing with Uncertainty
Conflicts of Interest / Lack of Credibility
Understanding the Meaning of Facts
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