By Tim Kowols
The city of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront are trying a different approach when it comes to negotiations concerning the west side parcel slated for redevelopment. According to the Friends group, representatives from both sides and their lawyers will travel to Madison to meet with Madison College’s Office of Interest Based Problem Solving to see if they could help in the process at the suggestion of the city. The strategy has the two parties share their interest behind whatever the issue is rather than focusing on the positions they would like to see happen. It is a process Madison College has been using for three years, and interim administrator Jeremy Kautza says if ideas about the direction can come together collectively, there is often more buy-in into the solution.
Kautza says interest-based problem solving can also lead to an enhanced commitment to carrying out and evaluating the decision and keeps people engaged. The Madison College Office of Interest Based Problem Solving will meet the city of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront on June 12 where it will decide how much help it can provide to the situation. You can learn more about interest-based problem solving online with this story.
(Courtesy of Madison College)
Principles of IBPS
- Separate the people from the problem
- Focus on interests, not positions
- Generate multiple options
- Evaluate solutions based on objective criteria and interests
Questions Asked In an IBPS Session
- What is the issue?
- How did this problem arise?
- What are our interests, hopes and concerns?
- What are potential options and solutions?
- What are the best options?
- How will outcomes be affected by our decision?
- How and when will we follow up on the solution?