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:
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.
Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 4: The "Super Rich" and the "Meritocratic Elite"
How might the super-rich be persuaded to do the right thing? How might the cosmopolitan elite better earn the public's support and trust?
Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 3: Communication, Governance, and Economics
Find out about building a "conflict mirror" (so you can understand why you make others so mad) other constructive conflict strategies.
Meeting the Authoritarian Populism Challenge 1: Authoritarian and Partisan Conflict
The first key to saving democracy is to understand how that differs from simply trying to advance partisan objectives.
Conflict Frontiers Seminar 8 -- MPP-based Strategies for Addressing the Authoritarian Populism Problem
A complexity-based approach to strengthening democracy and avoiding authoritarian populism
The Divide and Conquer Authoritarian / Plutocratic Threat
Today's most serious conflicts are, in large part, being engineered by those who seek power over the rest of the society.
Red, Blue, Gold Interactions, Destructive Polarization and the Peacebuilding Imperative
Democracy depends on separating the authoritarian/plutocratic threat from left/right cultural and distributional conflicts.
The Purple/Gold Distributional Divide
The widely misunderstood complexity of "who gets what" distributional conflicts explains much of our inequality problem.
The Red/Blue Cultural Divide
The evolutionary, neurobiological foundation of the cultural divide requires approaching it with mutual tolerance and respect.
Mapping the Continuum between Democracy and Authoritarianism
Like the proverbial frog in hot water, democracies have been sliding toward authoritarianism with too few people recognizing the danger.
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!
Cognitive dissonance can escalate or de-escalate conflict depending on how it is used.
Victimhood has a dual nature—people can be both ashamed and proud of their victim status at the same time.
Delegitimization drives escalation and violence—but how is it reversed?