Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play: Homelessness in Niceville

TitleCommunity Dispute Negotiation Role-Play: Homelessness in Niceville
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsScher, E, Susskind, L
Keywordsagreement, agreements, Blueville Health Foundation, building consensus, coalition, coalition building, consensus, consensus building, facilitator, Homelessness in Niceville, interests, Multiparty negotiation, negotiation, negotiation preparation, Wintertime in Winterville

Six-person facilitated integrative negotiation among advocates for homeless people, community and business leaders, and a foundation regarding the allocation of a grant to alleviate local homelessness problems

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Recent publicity in a prominent national newspaper about the town of Niceville’s expanding homeless population, has caused the Ledbetter Foundation to address the issue of homelessness with a one-time grant of $500,000. The simulation explores the role a facilitator can play in this type of community problem-solving effort. The stakeholders represent five different attitudes towards homelessness which are sometimes contrary, yet lend themselves to coalition building. It is up to the foundation representative to reconcile the parties’ philosophical differences to develop a satisfactory “package”.