Windmills on the horizon of the Great Ocean Road: An interactive exercise in multi-party dispute prevention and resolution
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In an exercise involving a contentious environmental issue concerning the location of wind farms participants investigate different perspectives on issues and devise rules that can be applied to “co-operative” disputes generally. Participants familiarize themselves with several kinds of negotiating and bargaining strategies and tactics useful in managing multi-party negotiations. The exercise gives participants practice in separating points of agreement and points of difference. As a part of this process, stakeholders are identified and the facts and opinions surrounding the issue described. As well as deciding what arguments could be used, parties to a disagreement need to establish how they will conduct the negotiation and the rules by which they will evaluate its success. In addition to learning how to prepare for, conduct and evaluate a multi-party cooperative dispute, participants gain opportunities for practice in persuading other parties of the merit of the arguments for their case.