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:
Promote Escalation Awareness
Conflict escalation, Guy Burgess asserts, is "the most dangerous force on the planet." How to avoid its damage.
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.
The Complex Causes of Social Problems
We need to think about social problems as complex adaptive systems requiring massively parallel problem-solving.
Living with Uncertainty in the COVID-19 Era
An overview of common mistakes that people make when trying to deal with uncertain situations like COVID-19 (and strategies for avoiding them).
Massively Parallel Peacebuilding Paper
MPP offers a strategy for combining our collective knowledge and skills into a large-scale effort to promote more constructive approaches to conflict.
Business As Usual-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.)
The Backlash Effect & Coefficient
The Backlash Coefficient – measuring the degree to which the quest for victory intensifies rather than subdues the opposition.
The Return of "I'll Fight You for It" Rules
Are efforts to solve problems collaboratively now losing to naked contests of Machiavellian power?
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.
Promoting De-Escalation – Part 1: Conciliatory Gestures
Though risky, escalation is riskier! Conciliatory gestures can turn escalation around.
By choosing one's conflict strategies carefully, it is possible to win the support of people on the other side without causing backlash.
Destructive escalation is the most dangerous force on the planet. The "enemy" is not the other side; it is destructive escalation.
Principles of Justice and Fairness
"Justice" can mean very different things to different people, and the outcomes of each are very different.
Types of Justice
This essay explains the differences between distributive, procedural, retributive, and restorative justice.
Overcoming Oppression Through Persuasion
Persuasion doesn't have the risks that come with the use of force, and can be very effective.
Overcoming Oppression With Power
When persuasion isn't enough, power must be added to overcome oppression. But that doesn't mean violence.