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.
Citation: Martin, Earl. "Once Upon a Conflict ..." Conciliation Quarterly, 14:2, 5.
Storytelling is valuable in the transformation of conflict because it breaks down barriers and allows people to communicate freely. In telling a story, one can explain strong convictions and points of view without directing them at the opposing party. In addition, one can reminisce with another through storytelling and break down any tension through a common bond of shared memories. Storytelling can also give people insight into how others feel by its very nature: one can place oneself "in another's shoes," and thus relate to that person's life experiences. Finally, storytelling gives us the option of retelling a conflict and giving it a positive ending, opening people's minds to the possibility of resolution. This article gives specific examples of conflict transformation through storytelling.
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