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Conditions Favorable to Initiate a Collaborative Process

  1. Issues Do Not Focus on Constitutional Rights Or Very Basic Societal Values.
  2. Potential Areas for Agreement; Multiple Issues for Trade-Offs.
  3. Primary Parties are Identifiable and Will Participate.
  4. Each Party Has Legitimate Spokesperson.
  5. Potential Deal-Breakers are at the Table.
  6. No Party has Assurance of a Much Better Deal Elsewhere.
  7. Parties Anticipate Future Dealings With Each Other.
  8. Relative Balance of Power Among the Parties.
  9. External Pressures to Reach Agreement.
  10. Realistic Timeline for Completion.
  11. Adequate Resources/Funding to Support Negotiations.