Where to Start & Navigation Guide

Heidi Burgess
Guy M. Burgess

Spring 2017

Guidance for Newcomers (Returning Users see below):

This is a very large site, and we know it can be hard to figure out where to start and how to navigate it.  This short document is designed to help newcomers find their way around and the video to the right does the same thing.  This site is a combination of three different projects: Beyond Intractability, CRInfo, and the Moving Beyond Intractability Massive Open Online Seminar, or "MOOS." 

Beyond Intractability and its sister site, CRInfo, are very large knowledge-base systems (now combined into one) focused on making people more aware of the threat posed by destructive conflict and options for limiting such conflicts and threats. 

Searching and Browsing the Knowledge Base

  • The knowledge base (shown in the second column on the BI homepage) currently contains over 700 articles on a wide variety of conflict problems and solutions. These articles can be searched (if you know what you are looking for) or they can be browsed, much like one would browse shelves in a bookstore. (The search and browse links are in the top menu bar, as well as being below in the "Knowledge Base" column.
    • Articles about common conflict problems and solutions can be found in the core knowledge overviews, which are short (about one page).
    • Longer articles, simply called “essays,” examine more challenging conflict problems and solutions and give more detail on topics covered more briefly in the core-knowledge essays.
    • Case studies focus on particular regions or conflict interventions.
    • Audio interviews with transcripts are available with about 100 expert scholars and practitioners, and
    • Other materials such as key book and article summaries, reflections of skilled practitioners and profiles of peacebuilders are also available.

Following the Blogs, Courses, and Discussions

The newest material in Beyond Intractability is being provided through a set of blogs and courses (some with public discussions) that are being provided here on BI, and also through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

  • These “suggestion engines” work more like magazines, newspapers, or other blogs—we come up with a set of suggested readings and videos that are organized in ways that we think different audiences will find interesting and useful. 
  • The new blogs and courses are all part of what we are calling the “Moving Beyond Intractability Massive Open Online Seminar” or MBI-MOOS. (This is shown in the far left column of the BI homepage and on it's own more extensive homepage.)
  • We urge newcomers to the MOOS to start with the Quick Introduction, which has both a text version, and two short videos.  This explains what the MOOS is, why we created it, and basically how it works.
  • New users can then read and/or watch a video to learn all the different options for accessing MOOS content.
  • Alternatively, you can just go to the MOOS seminars page (which also lists the MOOS courses and associated blogs), to see what is there.  You can then go back to the access page to find out how to sign up for the newsletter, and/or Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn Feeds with the material that interests you.

Tips for Returning Users:

Returning users are likely to find what they want most easily by using the search utility (when you know what you are looking for), or by using the Quick Start Links (at the top of the MOOS) or the Browse Links (at the top of the Knowledge Base.)