- Stewart Brand
What They Are and Why We Have Them
One of the problems with large knowledge bases is that they get so big that they are difficult to navigate. That's been a problem with BI for a long time — one we are forever (it seems) trying to address. One way to deal with this issue is to create sub-sections of the BI Knowledge Base focused on particular topics or user groups. These "User Guides" highlight a subset of BI materials (and external materials related to BI topics) of likely interest to particular audiences or focused on particular broad topics.
We are very interested in recruiting people who would like to help us develop user guides on new topics or for new "constituency groups." We can do the technical stuff — we just need people with expertise in particular areas to highlight whatever materials would be of most interest to their audiences.
Contact us if you are interested, with a copy of your resume and/or a cover letter explaining your background and what kind of guide you would like to create. We'll show you an easy way to do it and post the results (giving you credit, of course!)
Current User Guides
Guides for Particular User Groups
Human Rights Workers
Information for human rights workers who are dealing with situations involving intractable conflicts.
Religious Leaders and Workers
Information for and about faith-based approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Resources for reporters seeking to better understand and explain intractable conflicts.
The Third Side initiative highlights ways that people in every social role can make a difference. Information is available to help people in the following roles:
Guides for Particular Topic Areas
Civil Rights Mediation
Information about civil rights mediation efforts, including oral histories, from the Civil Rights Mediation Oral History Project
Information for people who are experiencing (or have experienced) domestic violence, as well as for family and friends of domestic violence survivors who want to know how they can help.
Fostering a Sense of Legitimacy
This collection of user guides focuses on legitimacy, accountability, and transparency.
How to Stop Fighting
A practical, seven-step tutorial for people involved in relationship conflicts.
Information for people involved in ethnic, racial, religious, gender, or other conflicts involving identity issues.
Limiting Violence and Intimidation
This collection of user guides presents foundational information on the prevention of violence in the international arena.
Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Resources for people seeking to understand post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts.
Protecting Individual and Group Rights
This collection of user guides focuses on human rights — what they are, how they evolved, the reasons why these rights are violated, and what can be done to prevent abuses or respond to them once they have occurred.
A practical guide prepared by our sister project (CRInfo), highlighting ways of dealing with difficult relationship problems.
Information for people interested in learning about forms of jurisprudence that may be employed by a government or society after it undergoes a major transition (such as democratization), in order to respond to crimes committed by a former regime or by individuals affiliated with it.
Conflict Advice: Checklists of Things to Think About
For people struggling with difficult conflicts, our checklists highlight conflict dynamics that are helpful to understand, as well as options for dealing with common problems.