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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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  • Humiliation
    Evelin Lindner calls humiliation the "atom bomb of emotions" because it does such profound damage to relationships.
  • Oppression and Conflict: Introduction
    This intro to a 6-essay series focuses on the causes and impacts of oppression and how it can be overcome.
  • Power
    If power were one-dimensional, we could agree who has more and who has less. But we are often surprised at how power struggles come out.
  • Social Status
    Social status is intrinsically linked with ideas of power, humiliation, dignity and hierarchy--all of which drive conflict.
  • Moral or Value Conflicts
    Moral and value conflicts often become intractable, as neither side is willing to compromise their deeply-held beliefs.
  • Frames, Framing and Reframing
    Frames determine what we believe is true. When we frame things differently, conflict resolution is a challenge!