CBCR Protocol is simply the process by which parties reach agreement as to how to settle their differences or resolve a conflict. It places the responsibility for reaching agreement on the parties. The process can be lead by a "Neutral" Process Leader or implemented by the parties themselves.

Moving from a “rights-based”, “top down" and "expert-driven system” into the area of CBCR, requires the retrofitting of many established resolution processes and innovation as well.

A key strategy is the use of a “Protocol Process” framed by the CBCR Convention.  The advantage or benefit of the “Protocol Process” is its “developmental and dynamic” nature. It has the capacity to include new ideas and enhancements. It can respect differences in beliefs and values.

Development of CBCR Protocols share a lot in common with the process of creating "software" for computers. Different interests and priorities must be balanced without creating a "clash" or "crash". It is crucial to discover ways for resources and power to be allocated and shared.

The vision is to build on the model of the “open source community" embodied in the development of computer software. This approach has encouraged contributions from people all over the world. It has expanded through workgroups and collaboration utilizing the internet. It has created a workable model of how synergy can be applied to development while providing a framework (or protocol) for usage by large institutional or individual users/contributors. 


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