Quick Start Guide


Things to Know If You Are New To Beyond Intractability

This site focuses on conflict, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.  Available materials address the full range of conflict issues from small-group interpersonal interactions to large-scale community, society-wide, and even international conflict. We address relatively tractable disputes and, especially, those intractable conflicts that tend to defy the best available conflict resolution strategies.

The site is organized around the following major sections which focus on different kinds of conflicts, different sources of information, and for different audiences with different interests and time availability. 

BI/MBI Sections

For those with limited time, and little conflict resolution background:
The Things You Can Do to Help Blog contains short articles describing simple but effective steps that can be taken to better handle interpersonal and community conflicts and disputes. 

For those with more interest in "big conflicts" and a few hours:
The Conflict Challenge & Frontiers Unit 1 give an overview of why the intractable conflict problem is so important and the how a complexity-oriented approach to conflict dynamics, advocacy, and conflict transformation can help.

For those interested in learning conflict resolution “basics:”
The Conflict Fundamentals Seminar offers succinct explanations of the conflict field's big (though often underutilized) ideas -- ideas that will help you more constructively engage in interpersonal conflicts as well as broader civic issues. 

For those wanting to explore today's really tough conflict problems:
The Conflict Frontiers Massive Open Online Seminar (MOOS) is an exploration and discussion of strategies for more constructively addressing the many unmet challenges posed by the large-scale, complex, and intractable conflicts that threaten contemporary society.

For those looking for more information on conflict -related topics:
The BI/CRInfo Knowledge Base contains an extensive collection of resources covering the destructive dynamics of "regular" and intractable conflicts, strategies for limiting those dynamics, and techniques for more wisely and equitably resolving disputes.

For those interested in seeing what we're reading:
The BI in Context is a blog highlighting readable news and opinion articles, "infographics" and reports that help us better understand the nature of the conflict problem and work of those who are pioneering more constructive approaches.

For those interested in seeing what our colleagues are doing:
Colleague Activities Blog is place to find out about the intractable conflict-related work that others in the peace and conflict field are doing and to tell us about your work.

Participation Options

There are several ways to participate in BI and MBI.

  1. You can simply come the site and read what interests you.  Search and browse functions can help you find what you need.
  2. You can follow MBI core seminars (Things You Can Do to Help, Fundamentals, and Frontiers) on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. If you do this you will get sent about two posts a day to your daily "newsfeed." 
  3. You can follow all the seminars and blogs (including both the core and BI-in-Context and Colleague Activities) on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. If you do this you will get sent about four posts a day to your daily "newsfeed." 
  4. You can join our discussions which are linked to the Things YOU Can Do To Help Blog and the Conflict Frontiers Seminar.
  5. You can follow the entire  Conflict Fundamentals and/or Conflict Frontiers seminars much as you would a conventional course (although unfortunately, we cannot give credit for doing so. In a simiilar way you can work through our our list of things You Can Do To Help. In order to be sure you don't miss some posts, if you want to work through an entire seminar, it is best done by coming directly to the Beyondintractability site.
  6. You can help us publicize this site by telling your networks about it, and encouraging them to participate in our new Constructive Confrontation Initiative.