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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Things You Can Do To Help Limit Destructive Conflict

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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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Conflict Frontiers Seminar/Blog

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

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Conflict Fundamentals Seminar/Blog

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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, too, has a dual nature: it can escalate or de-escalate conflict depending on how it is used.

Beyond Intractability in Context Blog

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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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  • "Class Cluelesness" -- Joan Williams book on "class cluelessness" explains how understanding class could help the liberal elite fix things
  • The Fragile Generation -- An exploration of the downsides of hyper-protective parenting and its possible link to increased conflict.
  • Anatomy of a Russian Facebook ad -- A more detailed look at the sometimes amateurish way that Russia was trying to influence the election.
  • Russia hackers pursued Putin foes -- A global look at Russian efforts to disrupt democracy. This is a global, not a just a US problem.

Colleague Activities

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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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