"Read-Write" Participants: How to Contribute Your Ideas


Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess

As we said in the introductory materials, much of what we are posting in the Conflict Frontiers Seminar is drawn from our ideas.  (The Conflict Fundamentals Seminar, however, is  well-established knowledge.)  But much of the Conflict Frontiers Seminar is musing on things that are not well known and understood. So much of the material here would benefit and would likely be improved with discussion.

Anyone who has a serious interest in the topic (and access to the Internet) is welcome to contribue to this discussion. This includes people from inside and outside traditionally-defined peace and conflict fields.  We are particularly interested in involving those are thinking about  "wicked" problems, complexity and systems, as well as governance, development, human rights, criminal justice, other “allied” fields, as well as more "traditional" peace and conflict professionals (both scholars and practitioners).
We hope "read-write" participants will: 

  • Add their own general comments to a discussion,
  • Offer examples of problems and solutions discussed in particular posts,
  • Cite the work of others who have addressed similar or related issues (though, perhaps using very different terminology),
  • Offer alternative ways of addressing the same general problem (participants should feel free to cite their own work),
  • Ask questions, requesting clarification, and warning about possible misunderstandings,
  • Identify individuals and organizations working in a particular area, and
  • Offer constructive criticisms
  • Suggest other topics we ought to discuss.

We do ask "Contributors" to use the Moving Beyond Intractability MOOS Comment system, rather than posting on another entry platform (such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn). This will keep all the discussions and new materials in one place, which will be much easier for everyone to follow, rather than having different discussions on each platform.  Some people may still post their responses on the individual sites and that’s okay.  But for those who really want to actively engage with other seminar participants, the BI/MOOS platform is the place to do it. 

Required Beyond Intractability Registration, Username, and Password

 In order to protect the MOOS from being "spammed" and to prevent offensive or inappropriate posts, we require all contributors to register with Beyond Intractability and obtain a username and password (which is quick and free). Once logged in, registered users will have read/write access to the comment system (the general public has read-only access).   Click here to register.

Participantion Guidelines / Comment Screening --- We do not have the funding (now at least) to pre-screen all comments, so comments will be posed without review.  But if we or other users find comments to be offensive or inappropriate, we reserve the right to remove them and block the user from future posts.  Our posting guidelines follow those used by the New York Times (and were drawn from them).*

"Our standards for taste are reflected in the articles we publish on [BI and in the MOOS] --we expect your comments to follow that example. A few things we won't tolerate: personal [or group] attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence and SHOUTING.* A few additions we would make would be off-topic comments, incendiary comments, and requests for assistance on personal issues.

*Copied from the New York Times Help Section on Comments.  http://www.nytimes.com/content/help/site/usercontent/usercontent.html#us....  Accessed Sept 26, 2016.