MBI Newsletter

MBI Newsletter

Newsletter #6

July 31, 2017

Frontiers Seminar Unit 4: Moving Toward a Complexity-Oriented Paradigm, Continued.

Fundamentals Seminar Unit 5: Examining Causes of Intractable Conflicts: Overlay (or Complicating) Factors, Continued

  • Stereotypes -- Genocides start with negative stereotyping--is this where the US wants to go? (June 29, 2017)
  • Enemy Images -- Enemy images deepen our socio-economics & political problems, while they make effective problem solving impossible. (June 30, 2017)
  • Cultural and Worldview Frames - Worldview frames go a long way in explaining why the US is becoming increasingly polarized.(July 7, 2017)
  • Rational and nonrational decision-making - Emotions cannot be ignored in intractable conflicts--they are the elephant that a rider only tenuously controls. (July 14, 2017)
  • Psychological Dynamics of Intractable Conflict -In intractable conflicts, entire societies can get tangled up in destructive psychological dynamics. (July 18, 2017)
  • Ethos of Conflict - Since the conflict ethos feeds continuation of the conflict, that needs to change for conflicts to be resolved. (July 28, 2017)

Recent Posts from the Additional Resources Blog

  • Trump Transforming Rural America -- More listening: a case study of how Trump is transforming the way one rural Colorado town thinks about politics. -- 07/29/2017
  • Fear of Falling / Love of Trump -- From Thomas Edsall, an explanation of why so many relatively successful people support Trump. -- 07/29/2017
  • Stiglitz: Here's How to Fix Inequality -- An important new Stiglitz book on fixing the inequality problem. How can we build a consensus for implementation? -- 07/28/2017
  • Let’s Get Excited About Maintenance! -- An argument for getting more people excited about maintaining what we have (rather than creating something new). -- 07/28/2017
  • John McCain's Speech -- McCain's speech says much that needs to be said. How can we get more politicians to fight for these principles? -- 07/27/2017
  • Curiosity Underemphasized -- A genuinely sound idea for improving education: cultivate curiosity. -- 07/27/2017
  • Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting -- From the perspective of someone experienced in "spy craft," an analysis of the Trump Jr. Russia meeting. -- 07/26/2017
  • Turkey's Erdogan on the Defensive -- A profile of Turkey's giant nonviolent protest March. What can be done to help more such efforts succeed? -- 07/26/2017
  • Bill Browder's Testimony -- Must-read testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee explaining Russian money laundering and the Magnitsky Act -- 07/25/2017
  • Male Unemployment & Video Games -- Yet another factor in the complex causes of inequality, video games have gotten too good! -- 07/17/2017
  • Are you a Dream Hoarder? -- Tough questions and a game for those fortunate enough to be in the top 20%, are you a "dream hoarder?" -- 07/17/2017
  • More Professionalism, Less Populism -- A question worth considering: Have we taken direct democracy too far with too much superficial public involvement? -- 07/17/2017
  • Declaration of Disruption -- At a time when everyone seems to want to be a "disrupter," pray for those who promote stability. -- 07/17/2017
  • Millennials and the 'Success Sequence' -- Conservative ideas for dealing with poverty and inequality that are worth considering as part of the solution. -- 07/16/2017
  • Facebook: The Problem & Solution -- More on things that Facebook might be able to do to promote more constructive civic engagement. -- 07/16/2017
  • Partisan Views on Wealth -- Pew report on Republican and Democratic differences on the causes of inequality. No wonder we can't agree! -- 07/15/2017
  • Two Questions About Trump and Republicans -- From George Lakoff, "Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives". -- 07/15/2017
  • How People Like You Fuel Extremism -- We all should be asking this question, how are people like me fueling extremism? -- 07/14/2017
  • Compassion in the Face of Stereotypes -- A too rare example of how a single act of compassion can help break down destructive stereotypes. -- 07/13/2017
  • Re-Committing to Civility -- An impassioned and persuasive appeal from Orrin Hatch for civility in politics. Why won't more leaders say this? -- 07/13/2017
  • FARC Completes Disarmament Process -- Good news: after 53 years FARC completes disarmament process in Colombia! -- 07/13/2017
  • Putin's Russia -- A disturbing window into what it's like to live in Putin's Russia. -- 07/12/2017
  • Present at the Destruction -- From Politico, a persuasive, sad, and alarming argument of "How Rex Tillerson is destroying the State Department. -- 07/12/2017
  • The Problem With Participatory Democracy -- An argument that we need to quit treating politics as a hobby and start treating it as a civic responsibility. -- 07/11/2017
  • The Far Left on College Campuses -- A provocative exploration of the role of the "far left" on college campuses and its relationship with "liberals." -- 07/11/2017
  • Everyone is Mad at Everyone -- New data from Pew reveals that the 40% of the US population that favors compromise is the least politically active! -- 07/10/2017
  • Good News, Despite What You’ve Heard -- Evidence that, despite our focus on the world's many problems, there is lots of good news. Can we cultivate more? -- 07/10/2017
  • Nature Has Lost Its Meaning -- A lengthy and informative look at the conflict between the many different ways of thinking about "nature." -- 07/09/2017
  • The G.O.P. Rejects Conservatism -- An exploration of the disconnect between real conservative thinking and the ideas being promoted by the GOP. -- 07/08/2017
  • The Perils of Meritocracy -- More food for thought about the meritocracy's legitimacy and its responsibilities to the larger society. -- 07/07/2017
  • How the Left Lost Its Mind -- For those who complain about extremist, fake-news, right wing media; a story of extremist, fake news on the left. -- 07/07/2017
  • Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty -- A psychological complexity-based explanation of "benefits of getting comfortable with uncertainty." -- 07/06/2017
  • Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak -- In the public sphere, the government enforces free-speech rules, in social media it's companies like Facebook! -- 07/06/2017
  • Just Wait -- For those fuzzy about the increasingly relevant history of Watergate, an in-depth comparison of Nixon and Trump. -- 07/05/2017
  • Judging al-Qaida’s record, Part I -- Is this how the war against Al Qaeda sort of ends? An especially good two-part assessment. -- 07/05/2017
  • The World Is Even Less Stable Than It Looks -- The good and the bad and the ugly, a comprehensive overview of the state of the world and what to worry about. -- 07/04/2017

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