The second part of the Frontiers Seminar series explains a new, complexity-oriented strategy for better addressing tough conflict challenges such as those
posed by the left/right divide and the rise of Authoritarian Populism.
|Laura Chasin suggests that that the degeneration of public discourse poses a threat to democracy.|
|William Ury begins explaining his role in trying to prevent a civil war in Venezuela, where the country is extremely polarized between those who support the president and those who oppose him. Like many other countries, it is essentially a conflict between the "haves" and "have nots." Before Ury came in and introduced his notion of "the third side" or people "for the whole," there was no room for neutrals-people were forced to take a side.|
|Terrence Lyons talks about the roles that diaspora populations can play both as spoilers and as dialogue participants.|
|What's an "extremist?" Roy Lewicki discusses how language can make a conflict better or worse.|
|Peter Coleman describes an abortion dialogue in which the parties came to respect each other and protect one another, but they were still very polarized on the abortion issue.|