Frontiers Seminar posts offer articles and video lectures that offer a more in-depth look at many of the ideas being discussed in the Hyper-Polarization Discussion
Our third Featured Seminar introduces in some detail the concept of Massively Parallel Peacebuilding. This Combination Seminar also includes the Conflict Frontiers exploration of the first challenge faced by people attempting to take a complexity-based approach to intractable conflicts--simply figuring out what is going on (which isn't a simple task at all!).
Frontiers Seminar 5 Introduction to Massively Parallel Peacebuilding - This seminar contains six videos that explore what we mean by the term "Massively Parallel Peacebuilding' and why it isn't a totally crazy idea (it can seem that way initially, but precedents prove it is possible to enact.) Note: Also related to these videos is our Massively Parallel Peacebuilding Action List which lays out many actions that need to be taken to address each of ten peacebuilding "challenges." While this list certainly isn't complete, doing 1/2 of these would be a great start on a massively parallel peacebuilding effort.
Frontiers Seminar 6 Figuring Out What is Going On (MPP Challenge 1) - This seminar contains four videos and a number of essays explaining a variety of ways to look at intractable conflicts and begin to understand the many factors that created them and are driving them deeper and deeper into the black hole of intractability.
We continue to develop and refine the above ideas in the context of an online discussion that Beyond Intractability is convening in partnership with the Conflict Resolution Quarterly. For our latest thinking, we recommend these articles and invite you to follow and contribute to the discussion.
Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is the most serious, and the most neglected, problem facing humanity. Solving today's tough problems depends upon finding better ways of dealing with these conflicts. More...
Selected Recent BI Posts Including Hyper-Polarization Posts
Colleague and Context Posts for the Week of January 29 --
In addition to more links to interesting projects that our democracy, conflict, and peace colleagues are doing, recommended articles on political moderates, the lifetime insights of prominent social activists, ways of limiting done violence, and other topics.
Could MPP Make Hyper-Polarization Worse? --
Bad-faith actors can and do use a massively parallel strategy to drive us apart. But that doesn't mean that the strategy is bad -- it means that it is effective. Good-faith actors need to learn how to use these techniques to bring us together.