World Trade Center Discussion

For this discussion forum, I expect you to post an initial contribution and make two reply posts. Your contributions and replies should be succinct yet comprehensive. As a general guideline I would suggest that your initial post should be 200-300 words in length, but not exceeding 300 words, while your reply posts should be shorter (100-200 words). I will evaluate your contributions according to the Discussion Rubric. Please note that your initial contribution post is weighted at 50%, and your reply posts together are weighted at 50%. To view the rubric, click the 3 vertical dots icon near the title, then select Show Rubric.

If you were an active contributor in the synchronous Zoom debrief of this negotiation, you may skip the initial discussion post (simply post “attended Zoom” as your initial post, and if you recorded the Zoom negotiation, please also post the recording). Your contribution will be graded based on your participation in the live debrief. You must still post two reply posts providing further analysis of the negotiations. 

Post your answer by Oct. 1 (after watching the WTC video or attending the Zoom session), which should debrief the most important lessons you learned from watching the World Trade Center mediation video.

Consider the following questions as prompts to help you formulate your initial post:

How did the mediator come to understand the parties’ interests? What techniques did you notice the mediator using? What did you see as most effective at creating value or getting to compromises? How important were the initial expectations of parties? When those expectations were unrealistic, how did the mediator respond? What surprised you?

After the deadline for submission of your initial post, read what others have posted (either your classmates, instructor, or teaching support specialist), consider the requirements below, and make two replies by Oct. 3 at 11:59 PM (ET):

Carefully and thoughtfully select two of the other posts (either your classmates, instructor, or teaching support specialist), and reply. Your reply should either state what you learned from that post and how you can apply it, or why you found that post valuable or interesting, or offer a respectful counter-argument (if appropriate).

If you have additional ideas or topics related to this discussion that you want to continue, please use the Discussion Sidebar. This allows the graded discussion to remain relevant and on topic.

Be insightful – provide value – contribute to the learning community.

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