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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Common ground projects offer an often useful alternative for people struggling with difficult and intractable conflicts which are unlikely to be resolved through mutual agreement. This approach, which generally uses some type of mediated or facilitated negotiation process, seeks to systematically identify as many points of agreement (or common ground) between the parties as possible, while recognizing that complete resolution of all the issues is highly unlikely.
This effort serves several functions. First, it is likely to show the parties that they have more in common than they previously thought. This, in turn, is likely to help soften the adverse and hostile stereotypes that the parties are likely to have regarding one another. Common ground processes can also identify areas where mutually beneficial joint projects might be possible. Such projects, once undertaken, often contribute to further reductions in tensions.
Another benefit of common ground projects is that they more clearly
identify the points of conflict which divide the parties. While this is unlikely to lead
to resolution of the conflict, it is likely to contribute to the constructiveness of the
confrontation by helping the parties focus clearly on the core issues.
Links to Related Approaches
Integrative (or Win-Win) Reframing
Links to Related Problems
Differences in ValuesDe-humanization
Refusal to Negotiate
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