A prescription is a proposed negotiation strategy
case of Floyd et al v city of New York et al
A prescription is a proposed negotiation strategy. You will use your conflict assessment, i.e your analysis of the case in part 1, to propose, in the second part, a solution to resolve the conflict. By “solu- tion,” however, we do not mean a ready-made solution, that is you telling the parties what they should do. Rather, it is a negotiation strategy that is likely to lead the parties to a negotiated agreement, i.e. a strategy that a mediator would use to help the parties negotiate an agreement. In the real world, if a mediator says to the disputants “here’s your solution”, it’s very unlikely that they would both accept it. What a mediator does, instead, is to help them negotiate their own solution to their conflict. Your assignment for the sec- ond part is therefore to put yourself in the shoes of a mediator and do as if you were hired by the parties to help them resolve their conflict. Your tool boxes for the prescription are the same as for the diagnosis.