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

Finding Common Values

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Many intractable conflicts involve fundamental value disagreements of some kind--religious differences, lifestyle differences, moral differences.  These beliefs are so fundamental that people will not compromise or change to meet the other side half way.  They will not accept behaviors their religion says is wrong no matter what another person or group of people thinks.  This makes compromise extremely unlikely in value conflicts. 

However, there are usually additional values that both sides have in common--for instance the value of peace, or the value of human life. Sometimes a third party can help disputants identify such a common value and reframe their disagreement in a way that can help both groups work together to attain their common values, rather than focusing on the areas of disagreement.  More information on ways to do this may be found in the write-ups on Finding Commonality and Humanization.


Links to readings about value conflicts and ways to find common values:

W. Barnett Pearce and Stephen Littlejohn -- Moral Conflict
This is a summary of a book that examines moral (or value) conflicts and ways to deal with them constructively.

Links to related approaches


Finding Commonality

Coexistence and Tolerance



Links to Related Problems

Differences in Values

Ineffective Persuasion

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