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

Assisted Scoping

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Just as reframing is often best accomplished with the help of an outside third party (or an insider partial who is acting as a mediator), scoping is also often done with the assistance of a third party.  The third party can usually bring a broader and less biased view of the situation, and can help the parties see things that they did not see before.  Experienced third parties can also explain how this conflict relates to others, either on-going or in the past, which helps the parties understand the scope of their problem.  Since framing and scoping are usually done together by mediators, more information on assisted scoping and framing can be found in the write-up on Joint Reframing/Assisted Reframing.


Links to Examples of Assisted Scoping

John Paul Lederach -- Central American Conflict Resolution
This article describes how insider partial mediators help people in conflict in Central America to come to a new, shared understanding about their situation and how to "get out" of it.  This process involves both framing and scoping.
Virgil Peterson -- The Rabbi's Resolution and the Power of Stories
This is a story about assisted reframing and rescoping.  By finding an outside person (a Rabbi) to reinterpret their problem, the disputants in this case were able to see their situation in a very new perspective, which enabled them to resolve it easily when they could not before.
William Zartman and Saadia Touval -- International Mediation in the Post- Cold War Era
Assisted, joint reframing and scoping is one of the many contributions a mediator can make toward resolving international conflicts.


Links to Related Approaches

All forms of Framing

Conflict Mapping

Analysis of Similar Conflicts

Identifying and Involving all Potential Disputants

Understanding Historical Context

Recognizing Related Disputes


Links to Related Problems

Framing Problems

Scoping Problems: Problems Identifying Other Parties and their Interests


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