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:
Identify the Core Issues
Wonder why conflict mapping matters? This video shows how it can totally change your approach to a conflict.
Map the Basic Conflict Elements
Conflict mapping lets you see what's going on in a conflict, so you can figure out how to engage to have the most positive impact.
See the Complexity It's not Just "Us versus Them"
Parties, issues, dynamics, power, and relationships are among the conflict elements one must clearly understand.
Using the MPP Action List: The Authoritarian Populism Example (Part I)
How can populist revolts address the real failures of establishment elites without falling victim to authoritarian temptations?
Using the MPP Action List: The Authoritarian Populism Example (Part II)
Find out what you can do to help the populist revolts strengthen democracy while reducing the risk of authoritarianism.
2nd, 3rd, 4th… Order Problems
Cynicism, reinventing the wheel, information friction and overload are among the problems that need to be tackled.
Massively Parallel Peacebuilding: “Things You Can Do” Actions
Here's a start of a list of things you can do to be a part of MPP.
Why MPP Isn't Such a Crazy Idea
The civil rights movement, & the environmental movement are both successful "massively parallel" precedents to MPP.
Massively Parallel Peacebuilding (MPP)
Massively Parallel Peacebuilding enlists everyone engaged in or affected by conflict to help change its destructive course.
The Peacebuilding / Constructive Confrontation Synthesis
Good conflict resolution skills are not just for peacebuilders--they are crucial for disputants as well.
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?