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


General Information About Treating Procedural Problems

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Procedural problems must be treated by determining what is generally considered to be "fair" (both in general, and in this case in particular) and then following those procedures.  In democratic societies, usually justice or fairness involves giving people who are affected by a decision some input into that decision (though they may not have control). This may occur by utilizing some form of administrative decision making following public input, majority rule decision making (either direct or through a legislature), or with a consensus process in which representatives of interest groups work together to try to develop a solution that meets everyone's needs enough that all groups will approve the decision.  Regardless of the process used, "fairness" also generally involves following standard procedures, so that people know how decisions are made and what to expect (at least in terms of the process).  Attempts to short-cut the process to try to avoid dissent, or to draw out the process so long that people give up are both likely to be viewed with suspicion.   Thus, developing a reasonable procedure and timeline, and then sticking with it is important.  Many other techniques are also available for treating a wide variety of procedural problems--click here to read about those.

Susan L. Carpenter and W.J.D. Kennedy--Adopting Procedures, Educating Parties, and Developing Options

Susan L. Carpenter and W.J.D. Kennedy--Reaching and Carrying Out Agreements

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