MBI Discussion Topics

With the start of the new year we will be pursuing a more intense effort to convene the kind of large-scale, online discussion of the frontier-of-the-field issues envisioned for the MOOS seminars. To inaugurate this admittedly experimental effort, we want to start by asking a big question which ought to be on all of our minds:

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How Do We Build Peace and Resolve Conflict in the Age of Hyper-Partisanship and Donald Trump?

Or put another way:  How can we better apply what we already know to our own conflicts—and what more do we need to learn?

As we get into this topic, we expect that we will feel a need to address a broader range of issues related to large-scale intractable conflict– issues that are addressed in the more specific discussion questions posed below, relating to specific posts in the Conflict Frontiers and Conflict Fundamentals Discussions.

We hope by all starting on one overarching question, however, we might be able to generate more interest in this discussion and later, the larger set of questions.  Please let us know your thoughts and share this with others who might have valuable ideas to add.

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Conflict Fundamentals Discussion Questions.  

We have three questions that apply to all of the conflict fundamentals posts.  They are:

In addition, D1 and D2, below, appply to both the Fundamentals and the Frontier Seminars.

Conflict Frontiers Discussion Questions

Unit 1: Introduction – Why Intractable Conflicts Matter—To Everyone! 

Unit 2: Business-As-Usual Approaches.

  • D12: What and Who Did We Miss in this "Literature Review"?   We have two discussion questions that relate to all of Unit 3. First, what other ideas from the people we have talked about have you found to be particularly useful in your work?   And second, what other people should we include in this "literature review" of the "founders" of the complexity-oriented approach to peacebuilding?  Please give us details!

Unit 4: Moving Further Toward a New Paradigm Of Complexity Analysis and Action