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:
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.
Counter Hate and Malevolence - Part 2
Responding to hate with hate is like pouring gasoline on a fire...you are likely to get burned!
Counter Hate and Malevolence - Part 1
Hate, no matter how "justified" hurts us more than it helps us. Don't do it!
Limit "Us-vs-Them" Language, Thinking and Action
If you collaborate with "your enemy" against escalation and "divide & conquerors"--you both can win!
Why Relationships Matter
Social media is driving our conflicts--real HUMAN relationships can change that.
Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 5: The "Protected Classes" and the "Left Behind"
More ideas for spanning the left/right divide: the win-win pursuit of social equity, multi-multi-culturalism, and more.
Oppression and Conflict: Introduction
This intro to a 6-essay series focuses on the causes and impacts of oppression and how it can be overcome.
Conflicts and Disputes
Distinguishing between conflicts and disputes is essential for successful engagement in each.
Complex Adaptive Systems
Successfully working with complex system requires us to challenge many of our assumptions and understand the limits of rational planning.
Channels of Communication
When channels of communication between hostile actors close, risks of destructive conflict raise substantially.
Even if the misunderstandings do not cause conflict, they can escalate it rapidly once it starts.
We take it for granted, but so much can go wrong with our communication. In conflict, care is essential!