Constructive Conflict Massive Open Online Seminar (MOOS)


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  • Don't Take the "Hate Bait" -- We are facing a deliberate effort to make us hate one another to the point where democratic governance is no longer possible. We can't let it succeed. #mbi_to_do --
  • The U.S. has two economies. How much longer will the losing side stand for that? -- We must find a way to implement effective measures to prevent the pandemic from continuing to drive the "haves" and the "have-nots" further apart. #mbi_context --
  • A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans -- Further evidence that our political conflicts could become quite violent, quite fast. We need to prepare a strong effort delegitimize such violence. --
  • Constructive Conflict Initiative -- Assuming that we get through the immediate crisis, we will need a major effort to improve the way in which we handle our conflicts. This Initiative is a place to start. --
  • Build Up ^ -- Build Up ^ does data collection and analysis, policy research, and intervention using digital tech to address challenges to peace. --
  • The Case for Accepting Defeat on Roe -- A refreshing rethinking of Roe v. Wade and the Pro-Choice movement in light of the complex conflict dynamics surrounding this divisive issue. --
  • ICT for Peace Foundation -- ICT4Peace explores and champions the use of communication tech and new media for peacebuilding, crisis management and humanitarian operations. #mbi_colleague --
  • How to Stop the Wildfires -- An examination of the difficult facts, competing interests, and the compromises needed to sensibly respond to the U.S. West's raging wildfires. --
  • Into-the-Sea Framing -- At the moment, it seems like most everyone is wishing that the other side would somehow just disappear. That's not a solution. --
  • Fear, Denial, and Connectedness -- What can we learn about community from this vexing physical distancing? We can learn how essential it is--particularly now! --
  • Trump and Biden’s ‘Debate’ Was a Communication Breakdown -- A look at the debate from the perspective of those who are in the business of helping people have constructive conversations about difficult issues. --
  • Dangerous Speech Myanmar -- Showing how ordinary citizens can counter hate speech in their communities. --
  • Only About 3.5 Percent of Americans Care About Democracy  -- We clearly need to promote a more widespread understanding of the critical role that democracy plays in allowing us all to protect our interests. --
  • The Meaning of Civility -- Before civility can provide an alternative to today's hyper-partisan dysfunction, we need a clear image of what civility is and isn't. --
  • John Wood, Jr. [of Braver Angels] Speaks at Heal Dallas -- There is no contradiction between speaking the truth and loving the other. We can do both. --
  • Americans Aren’t Practicing Democracy Anymore -- If we want to restore faith in democracy, we have to restore participation in a democracy that really protects people's interests. --
  • An Exponential Rise in Goodness and Trust -- Each of us has the power to make the Covid19 time less painful and more fulfilling for ourselves and those around us. --
  • The Great Demographic Illusion -- An look at the complexities associated with racial classifications and the unnecessary tensions that arise from the way we explain demographic shifts. #mbi_context --
  • The Complex Causes of Social Problems -- We need to think about social problems as complex adaptive systems requiring massively parallel problem-solving. #mbi_cci --
  • The Psychology That Explains Your Reaction to Mass Protests -- Things we all ought to understand about the complex psychology that determines the way that we and our fellow citizens respond to protests. #mbi_colleague --
  • Hanlon's razor -- Good advice: "never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity" or good faith mistake. --
  • Beautiful Rising Flower Speech Campaign -- Seeking to strengthen the capacity, creativity, and effectiveness of social movements, activist groups, and CSOs to achieve lasting social change. --
  • The Hate at the Heart of Conspiracy Theory -- A look at how hate opens the door to wild conspiracy theories and enemy images that are as unrealistic as they are grotesque. --
  • Ripeness -- If the ripe moment is allowed to pass, the chance for negotiation may not come again at all soon. #mbi_fundamentals --
  • Beyond Conflict -- A Boston-based NGO helping civic, non-profit, and community leaders address conflict in the U.S. and 75 other countries. #mbi_colleague --