The first step in the conflict resolution process is establishing a forum in which cooperative negotiation can occur among the parties. Three aspects of this "getting to the table" process are analyzed: functional requirements for the table or setting, methods of getting the parties there, and value choices about the nature of the table and the process there.
Laue, James H.
"Getting to the Table: Creating the Forum for Negotiations in Deep-Rooted Conflicts,"
Sociological Practice: Vol. 10
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/socprac/vol10/iss1/13