Recent Beyond Intractability Posts

Including Hyper-Polarization Posts

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Posts by BI Section

Lists of recent posts are also available separately for each BI Section:
Hyper-Polarization Discussion Posts | Earlier Constructive Conflict Initiative Blog
Things You Can Do To Help | Conflict Frontiers | Conflict Fundamentals
Beyond Intractability in Context | Colleague Activities


  • Julia Roig: Where Does Civil Resistance and Social Justice Fit in MPP? -- How do we know when taking a stand is what’s absolutely called for – because we’ve reached the tipping point of uncivil politics/undemocratic behaviors? --
  • Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess: Massively Parallel Peacebuilding vs. Massively Parallel Partisanship -- Advocacy plays a key role in Massively Parallel Peacebuilding.  But, this role can either be supportive and helpful, or destructive, depending on how it is done.  --
  • Beyond Conflict's Reports on America's Divided Mind and Renewing American Democracy -- Now is our time to re-rebuild our democracy, and it will take all of us, working on multi-faceted solutions at the local, state, and national levels. --
  • The Problem with Primaries -- An analysis of the many ways in which the structure of US primary elections is intensifying divisions and undermining democratic institutions despite being superficially more democratic. And, some proposed remedies. --
  • What’s your ‘red line’? | Jonathan Haidt with Mónica Guzmán -- Does engaging bad ideas across the divide make you a bad person? Renowned psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt talks with Monica Guzman in this Braver Angels video. --
  • America’s True Divide: Pluralists vs. Zealots -- A perceptive look at what is arguably a more important political divide -- one that separates those who are absolutely convinced that their side is in the right and those who see value in reconciling competing perspectives and insights. --
  • In Search of Authority -- A thought-provoking exploration of the nature of "authority," what determines whether it is trusted and trustworthy, and what happens to society's ability to work together for the common good when it collapses. --
  • Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy -- This initiative brings together America’s leading constitutional scholars and thought leaders of diverse perspectives to identify reforms that could preserve the institutional guardrails on which democracy depends. --
  • The Google Maps and Adopt-a-Highway Approach to Systems (Newsletter 72) -- If we were to map all the challenges Google-maps style, and then each person or organization were to adopt one or two of the challenges that were not widely adopted by others, that could have a much bigger impact.  --
  • Confronting Controversial Issues in the Classroom -- Discussions of controversial issues are frequently prescribed by theorists, professors, and civic organizations, but most school systems are reluctant. Here's how to do it well. --
  • Lessons for the Next War -- The continuing horror and destruction in Ukraine is just the latest reminder of why developing and pursuing realistic strategies for avoiding war ought to be near the top of our priority list. As we think about this, here are some ideas to consider. --
  • Reason To Believe -- How and why irrationality takes hold, and what do to about it. -- An in-depth look at the role that rational thought plays in human society, how it has made us so successful, and the many dynamics that are undermining our ability to think (and deal with conflict) in rational ways . --
  • Launching a Third Party Takes More Than Good Intentions -- A friendly critique of the Forward Party and its efforts to offer voters a moderate alternative to the "us-vs-them" politics that dominates the two major parties with lots of ideas about what it takes to be successful. --
  • National Issues Forum's Issue Guides -- On policing, elections, COVID vaccines, immigration, and lots of other controversial issues. --
  • Fables of the Deconstruction -- A lighter and very illuminating inquiry into the many ways in which our society discriminates against left-handers (with important lessons about what we should and shouldn't be doing to help all disadvantaged groups). --
  • A Love Letter to America -- An honest and affectionate look at what makes US society and its democratic institutions something to celebrate and nurture despite their deep flaws -- flaws that are deeply intertwined with its virtues. --
  • Constructive Dialogue Institute -- CDI seeks to repair our civic culture by spreading the practices of curiosity, critical thinking, and constructive dialogue across our nation’s education systems and workplaces. --
  • How ChatGPT actually works -- Amid the many reasonable and exaggerated worries about ChatGPT and the dangers that it may or may not pose to society, a challenging and illuminating, explanation of what, exactly, it does and how it works. --
  • Colleague and Context Posts for the Week of January 15 -- Rather than continuing to post individual links on social media, I have decided to start posting a larger collection of such links each week in the Beyond Intractability Substack Newsletter. --
  • From the Hyper-Polarization Discussion: Anne Leslie: Embracing Ambiguity -- Great advice on how to deal with today's complex challenges. Work on getting clarity on what you believe. Look at what you can control. And then align your behaviors and decisions in ways that make sense to you individually and collectively. --
  • Addressing the Skeptics And Moving Forward -- With this issue, we are switching to a shorter and more frequent newsletter format and an increasing focus on projects that are, in various ways, actually using a massively parallel approach to help limit hyper-polarization. --
  • Anne Leslie: Embracing Ambiguity -- Curiosity will get you SO FAR. …Never underestimate the power of being curious and likeable!  It will get you so far in life! And it’s massively, massively underestimated. --
  • Kristin Hansen talks about the Civic Health Project's Work on De-polarization in America -- A discussion of ends and means, incentives, interventions, scale, challenges, successes, visions--Kristen's vision is clear and exceptionally wide ranging at the same time. (Summary of full interview) --
  • Conversation with Kristin Hansen, Executive Director of the Civic Health Project -- To really do bridge building work credibly, you can't assume an outcome. You have to move upstream. and you have to be about means and not about ends. You have to trust that the ends will go where the universe wants them to go. (Full interview) --
  • Canaries, Constructive Advocates, and Intermediaries -- A comparison of three conflict roles, all of which are needed to successfully confront challenging and complex social problems and issues. --