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Destructive conflict dynamics are the biggest threat to society. They lead to war & make other big problems insoluble.
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The enormous scale and complexity of today's big, society-wide conflicts makes them especially intractable.
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Constructive conflict is society's "learning engine." It enables us to challenge unwise and unjust policies.
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Limiting destructive conflict is a do-it-ourselves problem—if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

Handling conflict is a learned skill. We can get better if we build off the hard-learned lessons of the past.

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The Beyond Intractability Knowledge Base and its companion Moving Beyond Intractability Massive Open Online Seminar (MOOS) series speeds the flow of state-of-the-art information on strategies for using a Complexity-Oriented Approach to meet the Challenge of Intractable Conflict.

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The non-credit MOOS seminars merge the free and widely-accessible reach of massive open online courses with a seminar's exploration of frontier-of-the-field issues.

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The content and organizational structure of MOOS Seminars and Blogs is designed to meet the needs of five principal audiences: Citizens, Activists, Students and Educators, Practitioners, and Conflict Experts.

MOOS on Social Network Content Streams

The MOOS content can be accessed directly through the specific seminar pages. In addition, as the seminars proceed, MOOS content is posted in two streams on social networks and on the MBI-MOOS page:

Additional details on how the various ways to access MOOS content can be found on our Access Page.

MOOS on Social Network Content Streams

Posts are organized in the following annotated syllabi and blogs:

Contributing to the MOOS

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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.
  • Victimhood
    Victimhood has a dual nature—people can be both ashamed and proud of their victim status at the same time.
  • Delegitimization
    Delegitimization drives escalation and violence—but how is it reversed?