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The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Public Protest Picture

The principle threat to humanity is our inability to constructively handle the many complex, intractable conflicts that now plague all societies. The BI system explains how:
  • Destructive conflict is making problem solving impossible and increasing the risk of authoritarianism and large-scale violence.  More…
  • Scale, complexity, and other factors are making today's intractable conflicts especially challenging.  More…
  • Realistic strategies are available to meet these challenges and how we can all work to implement them.  More…
  • The destructiveness of intractable conflict can also be limited in small scale, interpersonal and organizational disputes.  More…
  • You can join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict at all levels. More…

What a MOOS? Heading

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.

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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.

MOOS Audiences Heading

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). 

MOOS on Social Network Content Streams

The MOOS content can be accessed directly through the specific seminar pages. In addition, as the seminars proceed, MOOS content is posted in two streams on social networks and on the MBI-MOOS page:

Additional details on how the various ways to access MOOS content can be found on our Access Page.

MOOS Seminars

Posts are organized in the following annotated syllabi and blogs.

Contributing to the MOOS

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MOOS Seminars/Blogs Heading

MOOS Seminars/Blogs Heading

  • Conflict Styles
    Competition, collaboration, compromise, avoidance, and accommodation all have costs and benefits. Know which is best when!
  • Constructive Escalation
    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
    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
    It is hard to fight for justice when you don't know what it means. This essay helps you decide what types of justice are worth fighting for.
  • Overcoming Oppression Through Persuasion
    Persuasion doesn't have the risks that come with the use of force, and can be very effective.