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

Deliberation Requirements

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One common procedural problem which contributes to poor decision-making and dispute resolution is rushed decisions.   Rushed decision processes simply do not give some parties a chance to respond to threats to their interests or develop more desirable compromise alternatives. One partial solution is to build formal deliberation requirements into the dispute resolution process. Such deliberation requirements specify the steps that have to be followed the and a minimum amount of time for the parties to participate in each step. Such requirements might, for example, specify that potentially affected parties be notified by a mail or newspaper advertisement two months before any decision can be made. Careful preparation and public review of formal impact statements might also be required.

Links to Related Approaches

Action Forcing Mechanisms/Deadlines
Clear Rules and Procedural Expectations
Public Participation Mechanisms
Links to Related Problems
Rushed Decisions
Dictatorial Process
Timing Problems

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