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2019 Fundraising Drive

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BI and MBI are seeking $20,000 to allow us to continue operating and developing these sites through 2019.  In addition to server and administration costs, these funds will be used to continue developing the second part of the Conflict Frontiers Seminar Series focused on a new "Massively Parallel Peacebuilding" strategy for Moving Beyond Intractability.  Based upon our understanding of intractable conflict-related dynamics, we are posting a growing set of materials focused on the "Authoritarian Populism" problem. We are examining complexity-oriented conflict strategies for strengthening democracy, resisting authoritarianism, promoting wise and equitable public policies, and addressing the legitimate grievances of populists on both the left and the right.  If these topics are important to you, please help us continue this work by making a donaction to this project!

Major Projects. We also are beginning planning for some bigger projects for which we will be seeking larger grants.  If you are interested in supporting our work in a more major way, please contact us and we would be happy to explore areas where our interests might overlap.

When BI was started, we had several large grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. We also received smaller grants from the JAMS Foundation and the One Earth Future Foundation and more recently, two small grants from the Conflict Transformation Fund and another from an anonymous donor.  For the last several years, however, BI and CRInfo have been operating only on the small grants from the Conflict Transformation Fund and the anonymous donor, along with small individual donations and user fees for reprints. This was fine for keeping the site going, but not for the major upgrades that we are currently making--both to the platform and to the substance of the system (primarily the MBI project).

The sense of urgency that underlies the MBI project has meant that we have skipped the traditional process of spending a year or more seeking funding for what is clearly an unconventional project.  Instead, we figured out how to inexpensively start posting initial versions of the Seminars.  Our goal is to demonstrate the viability of the concept sufficiently to obtain the funding needed to assemble the much larger project team and budget that will be required to take the next steps of offering more seminars, translation, more active facilitation, wider participation, improving the “production values,” etc.
In the meantime, we will be running this project on what is a critically short budget and as an overload project on top of our regular teaching.  So, please forgive us if we occasionally fall behind or if things seem a little rough.

If you find our efforts to help society start Moving Beyond Intractability promising, PLEASE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION to our account with the University of Colorado Foundation.  As is so often said, "any little bit helps!"   We are committed to making everything that we produce freely available.  We just need to raise enough money to sustain this long enough to prove its value and get the serious funding needed to make it a truly massive, yet sustainable enterprise.  In order to do this we need to raise a minimum of $10,000 in the next six months.  Please help if you can!

  • Individual Donations — Contributions to the Beyond Intractability and Moving Beyond Intractability MOOS account with the University of Colorado Foundation (a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization) can be made by check,  electronic fund transfer, or online by credit card:
    • Check or Money Order made out to the University of Colorado Foundation, Intractable Conflict Project ("Intractable Conflict Project" can go in the "Memo" field.)and mailed to 580 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0580.
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    • Credit Card -- Since our credit card donation account with the University of Colorado Foundation is affiliated with the Department of Sociology and/or CARTSS (Center for the Advancement of Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences) you may receive a thank you note from these organizations. Don't worrry we still receive 100% of any contribution you make. Thanks.
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    • Electronic Funds Transfer --- Contact the Consortium for more information.
  • Major Core Support MOOS Funding — We will be seeking substantial core support funding for the Moving Beyond Intractability MOOS project in the Spring of 2017 (after we have had a chance to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept).  If you are a funder who might be interested in working with us on this, we'd very much like to hear from you!