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  • Intractable Conflict: A "Climate Change-Class" Problem -- The destructive way in which we handle society-wide conflict is as big a threat to humanity as climate change. It deserves comparable levels of attention. #mbi_frontiers
  • So What -- A list of six things we all can do to move forward in these fightening and chaotic times. #mbi_cci
  • Moving Beyond Intractability Newsletter #36 -- Those who have been working globally on conflict and peacebuilding projects are now applying that expertise to the deep divisions within US society. #mbi_fundamentals
  • Put Down the Brick…A Commentary on Community Economics -- We need to remember that difference is strength, and we should learn from and appreciate our differences, not fight them. #mbi_cci
  • Humiliation -- Providing face saving opportunities makes it much easier for people to admit their mistakes. Humiliating them makes it almost impossible.
  • Third Siders -- Transforming our destructive politics will require the efforts of lots of different "3rd siders" -- each working on a different part of the problems. #mbi_cci
  • Ethos of Conflict -- Since the conflict ethos feeds continuation of the conflict, that needs to change for conflicts to be resolved. #mbi_fundamentals
  • Ways to Advance Equal Justice in America -- Improving justice for blacks improves outcomes for everyone by increasing trust, security, and mutual understanding between citizens and the police. #mbi_cci
  • Psychological Dynamics of Intractable Conflicts -- In intractable conflicts, entire societies can get tangled up in destructive psychological dynamics. #mbi_fundamentals
  • Advancing Black Equality in America -- A suggestion that BLM expand its tactics to more extensively negotiate and lobby local, school, state, and national officials. #mbi_cci
  • Delegitimization -- Delegitimization drives escalation and violence. We can reverse it by deligitimizing escalation and violence! #mbi_fundamentals
  • The Evolutionary Choice: "Power With" or "Power Over" -- An explanation of why this may be our best/last chance to make democracy work (and avoid autocracy and anocracy).
  • Face -- It is much easier to get people to admit mistakes when you provide them with face saving opportunities to do so (and when you avoid humiliating them).
  • Does Nonviolence Work? -- Research shows nonviolence is far more effective than violence--it should be all protestors' go-to choice! #mbi_cci
  • The Backlash Effect & Coefficient -- The backlash coefficient measures the degree to which the quest for victory intensifies, rather than subdues, the opposition. #mbi_frontiers
  • Coexistence -- Coexistence offers a promising alternative to today's all-out struggle for dominance among competing socio-cultural groups. #mbi_fundamentals
  • Cultural Lag -- Today's culture wars are largely attributable to the fact that the different generations adapted their beliefs to very different social conditions. #mbi_fundamentals
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Complex Causes of Social Problems -- We need to think about social problems as complex adaptive systems requiring massively parallel problem-solving. #mbi_cci
  • Ripeness -- If the ripe moment is allowed to pass, the chance for negotiation may not come again at all soon. #mbi_fundamentals
  • The Backlash Effect & Coefficient -- The backlash coefficient measures the degree to which the quest for victory intensifies, rather than subdues, the opposition. #mbi_fundamentals
  • Disproportionality Trap and Counter Trap -- It is not enough to address the disproportionate impact of social problems, you also have to equitably address the problem itself.