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  • Project Synidcate explains that the coming impact of the 4th industrial revolution. be it positive or negative, will depend our conflict handling skills.
    The Fourth Industrial Revolution --
  • The Washington Post shares about the Green Book: a rediscovered piece of history that offers a sobering window into the United States’ racist past, and how African Americans stayed safe.
    Staying Safe in Racist America --
  • Five Thirty Eight provides an interesting exploration of the important distinction between misinformed and uninformed voters, exploring Trump supporters in particular.
    Misinformed, not Uninformed --
  • The New York Times shares another thoughtful, well researched Edsall article on Trump’s appeal, something we really need to understand.
    Trump's Appeal --
  • Amid our worries about the impact of angry voters, we ought to try harder to understand/fix what makes them angry; this piece by the New York Editorial Board can help.
    American Anger --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares an interesting hypothesis contrasts the impact of big terror with the smaller-scale terror of individual attacks.
    The Impact of Terrorism --
  • Slate offers a great “table turning” series that looks at the United States the same way the US looks at other countries.
    If It Happened There --
  • The Atlantic gives a great retrospective on things that the right did to give rise to “Trumpism.” But the question remains: what about things that the left did?
    The Causes of Trumpism --
  • This Harvard Business Review article is a good and too rare example of someone willing to ask hard questions about our inability to make diversity work by analyzing companies' diversity policies and their efficacy.
    What do diversity policies do? --
  • The International New York Times shares a startling story of how Europe’s side of the Volkswagen diesel scandal affects climate change efforts.
    The Dirty Truth About Clean Diesel --
  • The Denver Post shares a provocative argument that the “too much information” factor is destabilizing the world’s democracies with information overload.
    The TMI Factor --
  • The New York Times writes about cultivating serendipity, providing an interesting strategy for promoting needed outside-the-box thinking.
    Cultivating Serendipity --
  • The Washingont Post's list of absurdities the right sees in the left counterbalances the absurdities the left sees in the right.
    The Absurdities of 2015 --
  • Brookings shares another informative exploration of the ongoing economic changes, in capital markets and job creation, with huge implications for have/have-not conflicts.
    Capital Markets and Jobs --
  • Scientific American gives advice peace builders should follow: the key to successful innovation is a willingness to try lots and lots of ideas.
    The Numbers Game of Creativity --
  • The Atlantic explains that in dealing with the underlying inequality in have/have-not conflicts, there are reasons for both hope and despair.
    The Growth of Inequality --
  • The New York Times shares a provocative essay on the conflict implications of the “cultures of complaint and victimhood.”
    The Victims of Victimhood --
  • The International New York Times shares the surprising role of power couples and “assortative mating" on the complexity of have/have-not conflicts.
    Power Couples and Inequality --
  • As the New York Times explains, “Political correctness” is now a flashpoint on both the right and the left, suggesting it could be time for some serious rethinking.
    Political Correctness --
  • Quartz shows a great example of how statistical charts can mislead and how to fix them, focusing on prominent examples from the past year.
    Fixing Misleading Charts --
  • Pew Research Center shares some really informative charts of the past year that highlight key aspects of many of today’s big conflicts.
    Findings on Conflict --
  • The International New York Times writes on how good intentions do not necessarily make things better, explainging the disturbing case of gay rights efforts in Africa.
    Harmful Good Intentions --
  • Pew Research's great animated graphic charts changes in the income distribution, showing clearly worsening inequality.
    Charting Inequality --
  • The Washington Post shares a thoughtful conservative essay on a big conflict in the higher education–-something worth considering.
    Divisions in Higher Education --
  • Vox asks if Americans are losing faith in democracy, sharing disturbing trends that must be addressed.
    Losing Faith in Democracy --