Brief: Conflict and Negotiation Assignment
and Patton (2006) discuss negotiating groups each having different interests. Group one's interest
would be getting clean water at any means necessary. Group two would be interested in
preserving their property as it has sentimental video as well as maintaining a clean environment.
The third group's interest would align in keeping peace and keeping the neighborhood appealing
and the relationships strong (pg. 14). The key to the negotiation in the conflict is not bargaining
over the specific position (pg.4).
The most important goal in the conflict is making sure the
peace is kept between the community. It would be impossible to agree on a solution that satisfies
all parties because of those looming conflicts of interests. The group will have to come up with
what they believe to be most important. For example, if every group agrees that getting clean
water as soon as possible is the most important thing, then the groups that want to have clean
water without the property-damaging roads would have to negotiate with the officials.
Combined with interests, negotiators also tend to have the goal of maintaining the
relationships at hand as well (pg. 21). Negotiators in each group need to decide what they are
willing to sacrifice in the agreement. The unfortunate truth is not every party will be satisfied
with the final decision. Lederbach (2003)
discusses conflict as a framework of confirmation.
Peace is deeply rooted in conflict transformation. The case study deals with a neighborhood
community of 35 families. These families have to learn to coexist in order to keep a friendly
environment that their children can grow up in. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says,
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls
down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."
This verse ties into the notion that it takes a village to raise a child. A peaceful community is a
community that children can grow up in safely and securely.