Newsletter # 11 -- April 4, 2018
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Things YOU Can Do To Help Blog
- Sound the Alarm -- People don't realize how destructive their conflict behaviors often are: we must sound the alarm to spur change!
Conflict Frontiers Seminar
Unit 2: Pushing the Frontier: the Limits of Business-as-Usual Approaches
- Business-as-Usual Introduction -- Business-as-usual strategies don't work for intractable conflicts--they often make them worse!
- Part 1: Same Old Approach, Just More or Better -- Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Why do we do that with conflict?
- Part 2: Boys Will Be Boys" -- Are confliict and war inevitable? Is "compromise" bad? Common attitudes turn us into cynics and block learning.
- Part 3: The "Blame Game" -- In conflict, we often blame the other. But then that person or group gets defensive, and the conflict often escalates.
- Part 4: Power and the Power Strategy Mix -- What is power? The ability to get things done? The ability to push other people around? Which is right? (Actually, they both are.)
- Part 5: The Interplay of Reason and Emotion -- Can you be "rational" about conflict?
Conflict Fundamentals Seminar
Unit 2: Core Concepts
- Conflicts and Disputes -- This article explains the difference and why it matters--you can't address conflicts the same way you resolve disputes.
- Interests, Positions, Needs, and Values -- An explanation of the meaning of each of these terms and why the difference matters.
- Settlement, Resolution, Management, and Transformation -- An examination of another important distinction. Each process is useful at different times.
- John Paul Lederach on Transformation -- More detail about how conflict transformation is different than resolution--and much more applicable to intractable conflicts.
- Reconciliation -- Reconciliation used to be a common conflict resolution goal. While it still may be for the peacebuilders, it isn't sought by disputants nearly as much.
Beyond Intractability in Context Blog
- Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country -- From an Iraqi, another reflection on the 15-year-old Iraqi War--one that asks hard questions worthy of consideratio -- 03/30/2018
- Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes -- For those tempted to blame it all on Facebook & Cambridge Analytica, an argument for remembering television's role. -- 03/30/2018
- The Iraq War and the Inevitability of Ignorance -- "The Iraq War and the Inevitability of Ignorance," a thoughtful reflection on a war that began 15 years ago. -- 03/29/2018
- The Cambridge Analytica Files -- An in-depth profile of data war whistleblower who created "Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool." -- 03/28/2018
- The Patterns in Global Terrorism: 1970-2016 -- From the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a giant report, "The Patterns of Global Terrorism 1970-201 -- 03/29/2018
- A Parable of Self-Destruction -- The story of Easter Island, a classic example of what happens when a society fails to protect the "Commons." -- 03/28/2018
- The Bobby Kennedy Pathway -- Bobby Kennedy, another example of a political leader who found a way to bridge the red/blue divide. -- 03/28/2018
- Worthy is The Lamb -- What can Conner Lamb tell us about building a political movement that can bring the left and right closer together? -- 03/27/2018
- Students think they can suppress speech -- An interesting explanation of much that is wrong (and right) with higher education--treating students as customers. -- 03/27/2018
- What is this new bill focused on fine print clauses exactly?! -- An interesting effort in Colorado to address the risk that mandatory arbitration clauses "sugarcoat injustice." -- 03/26/2018
- Americans used to compromise all the time -- Since national unity seems impossible, might we learn something from the grand compromises in US history? -- 03/26/2018
- FrameLab Hacks: One Simple Way to Instantly Power Up Your Communications -- From George Lakoff's Frame Lab: One Simple Way to Instantly Power Up Your Communications--Cut the word "not." -- 03/25/2018
- Americans unify against foreign threats. Can we unify without one? -- A tough question worth asking: Can Americans unify without foreign threats? -- 03/25/2018
- What Steven Pinker gets wrong about economic inequality — and the Enlightenment -- "What Pinker gets wrong about inequality"--an exploration of what enlightenment thinkers thought about inequality. -- 03/23/2018
- The optimists are striking back. Good. -- Welcome news that optimists are starting to make their voices heard in the great debate over our common future. -- 03/23/2018
- YouTube, the Great Radicalizer -- YouTube is, apparently, pushing viewers towards ever more radical videos. What happened to Google's motto "Don't be -- 03/22/2018
- The Last Temptation -- A big Atlantic story on evangelicals and politics that offers a case study of how conflict can effect moral beliefs -- 03/22/2018
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