The non-credit MOOS seminars merge the free and widely accessible reach of massive open online courses with a seminar's exploration of frontier the field issues.
- Invitation / Quick Introduction
- What's New
- Accessing MOOS Content
- MOOS Authors | Project History
- Detailed Program Description
- Guy's Philosophical Introductory Video
- Heidi's Nuts-and-Bolts Introductory Video
- Using the MOOS Video
The MOOS is designed to speed the development and utilization of strategies for effectively addressing the complexity of destructive, intractable conflicts so that they can be transformed into more constructive situations.
The content and organizational structure of MOOS Seminars and Blogs is designed to meet the needs of five principal audiences:
- Citizens wanting information about more constructive of handling conflict problems.
- Advocates and Activists wanting to limit the destructive conflict dynamics they commonly encounter.
- Students and Educators at the undergraduate graduate level looking for a structured exploration the intractable conflict problem.
- Practitioners in formal & informal conflict roles looking for ways to improve their practice.
- Expert scholars and practitioners with substantial background in intractable conflict-related fields interested in helping to advance the frontier of the field (and improving the MOOS).
- Core Content Blog:
- All Content Blog: (Core Content plus Additional Resources and Colleague Activities):
Additional details on how the various ways to access MOOS content can be found on our Access Page.
Posts are organized in the following annotated syllabi and blogs.
- Conflict Frontiers Seminar - a sustained inquiry into ways of advancing the conflict field,
- Fundamentals Seminars - quick summaries of the field's big and proven ideas,
- Additional Resources - links to informative intractable conflict-related news stories,
- Colleague Activities - highlighting the contributions of our colleagues,
- Brown Bag Seminars.- short, free-standing explorations of intriguing topics:
The Decentralized, "Markets Plus" Metaphor
Harnessing the power of markets: a strategy for scaling up efforts to deal with complex, intractable conflict.
The Google Traffic Metaphor
Google traffic and other traffic control activities can teach us a lot about dealing with conflict.
The Scale-Up Problem
We need to stop thinking in terms of mediation triads, and scale up conflict work to societal levels.
Engineering and Medical Troubleshooting Models
Complexity-oriented approaches to conflict are more like medicine and less like engineering.
Summary of Mari Fitzduff's Introduction to Neuroscience for the Peacebuilder - Part 2
How can peacebuilders use a knowledge of neuroscience to do their jobs better? We are just beginning to learn.
Summary of Mari Fitzduff's Introduction to Neuroscience for the Peacebuilder - Part 1
Neuroscience can explain why so many peacebuilding interventions don't work as hoped--and how to do better.
Social and Psychological Complexity
Those who seek power-over others are dealing better with social and psychological complexity. This needs to change!
The Complex Causes of Social Problems
We need to think about social problems as complex adaptive systems requiring massively parallel problem-solving.
Our Most Important Conflict: Coexisters vs. Fighters vs. Divide & Conquerors
We need to resist "divide and conqueror's" efforts to control society by exacerbating left/right tensions.
The Evolutionary Choice: "Power With" or "Power Over"
An explanation of why this may be our best/last chance to make democracy work (and avoid autocracy and anocracy).
Channels of Communication
When channels of communication between hostile actors close, risks of destructive conflict raise substantially.
Even if the misunderstandings do not cause conflict, they can escalate it rapidly once it starts.
We take it for granted, but so much can go wrong with our communication. In conflict, care is essential!
Cognitive dissonance can escalate or de-escalate conflict depending on how it is used.
Victimhood has a dual nature—people can be both ashamed and proud of their victim status at the same time.
Delegitimization drives escalation and violence—but how is it reversed?