The Rockwell Quarry Complex Environmental Negotiation is a five-party multi-issue simulation that allows students to negotiate a struggle between property rights and quality of life issues surrounding the permitting of a gravel quarry in a scenic and recreationally valuable canyon along the Front Range of Colorado. The simulation epitomizes a struggle that is occurring throughout the American West. The game is designed for groups of five (it can also be played with a facilitator in a sixth role). The game highlights the complexity of technical and financial information; inventing options in a complex environment; turning or tipping points that shift negotiation dynamics; accountability when one party possesses important yet confidential information that constrains options; compensation that enables parties to leverage resources and bring in outside issues; coalitions that shift when turning and tipping points emerge; and the dynamic role of the “honest broker.” The game also highlights the basic tenets of interest-based negotiation, with an emphasis on the complexity of players’ BATNAs.
Prof. Susskind’s Top 5 Environmental Negotiation Teaching Materials
From time to time, the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center asks PON-affiliated faculty to nominate their top five books, top five teaching videos or top five role-play simulations in certain fields or teaching settings. These change periodically.