Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is making social problem solving impossible.  
Find out more about the problem and how Beyond Intractability can help you help address it.

Beyond Intractability Knowledge Base

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An extensive collection of resources covering the destructive dynamics of intractable conflict, strategies for limiting those dynamics, and techniques for more wisely and equitably resolving disputes.

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This blog contains posts highlighting things everyone--not just powerful people, not just important or rich people--but everyone of us--can do to help limit the dynamics that lead to destructive and intractable conflicts. 

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  • Treat EVERYONE With Respect
    Respect is free to give, yet its payback is huge: breaking down stereotypes and often earning respect in return.
  • Don't Take the "Hate Bait"
    Hate begets hate, fear, anger, and eventually violence. Don't fall into the trap! And if you are in, climb out!
  • Play a "Third Side Role"
    "Third siders" are disputants and outsiders - united in a desire to transform conflicts for the better.
  • Minimize the Use of Force
    Exchange and respect are more powerful than force--they persuade without causing backlash.

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Visit briefly, follow, or join our Conflict Frontiers Massive Open Online Seminar series (MOOS) to explore and discuss strategies for more constructively addressing the many challenges of the large-scale, complex, intractable conflicts that threaten contemporary society.

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Brief readings and videos which highlight the conflict and peacebuilding field's fundamental building blocks – ideas which help address both "tractable" and intractable conflicts more effectively. 

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  • Channels of Communication
    When channels of communication between hostile actors close, risks of destructive conflict raise substantially.
  • Misunderstandings
    Even if the misunderstandings do not cause conflict, they can escalate it rapidly once it starts.
  • Interpersonal Communication
    We take it for granted, but so much can go wrong with our communication. In conflict, care is essential!
  • Cognitive Dissonance
    Cognitive dissonance can escalate or de-escalate conflict depending on how it is used.

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Beyond Intractability's efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict occur within the larger context of efforts to promote wise and equitable solutions to a broad range of social problems. This blog highlights readable news articles that help us understand the big picture.  

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Many other people are doing important and interesting things in an effort to move beyond intractability-in theory and in practice, in different locations and on different conflicts.  Please share what you are doing here so we can all learn from each other. 

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