Who We Are

We are grateful to the literally hundreds of experts from peace and conflict-related fields whose intellectual contributions have made the Beyond Intractability system possible. Our Article Contributor and Interviewee pages list these individuals and provide links to short biographies.

Beyond Intractability (BI) and CRInfo were both created by the Conflict Information Consortium (CIC) which has been housed at the University of Colorado-Boulder from January 1988 - now.  Both BI and CRInfo were concieved, developed, and are still edited and directed by Heidi Burgess, Ph.D. and Guy Burgess,Ph.D.,  CIC Co-Directors. However, over 500 other people have contributed content to these to projects, as authors of essays, case studies, and other articles and/or contributing an interview about their scholarship and/or practice. 

However, since the Burgesses have retired from their teaching and research positions at the University, the CIC is being discontinued as a University program effective May 15, 2020.  As retired faculty, the  Burgesses are committed to maintaining and continuing to develop the Beyond Intractability system and pursuing the Constructive Conflict Initiative after that date. 

Fortunately, the efficiencies of a web-based project like ours make the shift to an independent structure easy and relatively seamless with no noticeable changes in website functionality expected.  As part of this transition, however, we are no longer able to accept donations through the University of Colorado Foundation.  As an alternative way of raising the modest funding needed to cover Consortium expenses (but not the Burgesses time) we have established a simple Go Fund Me page. Please contribute what you can.

The Moving Beyond Intractability (MBI) Project, is also the creation of Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess.  The Conflict Frontiers Massive Open Online Seminar and the Things YOU Can Do to Help Blog are being created by us (Guy and Heidi) alone, while we are drawing from the expertise of many others for the other elements of MBI:  The Conflict Fundamentals Seminar relies heavily on BI essays (although we have been adding our own "Current Implications" sections to each of the essays we use in the Fundamentals Seminar.)  The Beyond Intractability in Context Blog highlights work of hundreds of other scholars, practitioners, reporters, pundits, and others who have important messages to add to our more theoretical teachings; the Colleague Activities Blog reports (obviously) on colleague activities.

More information about these activities can be found in the respective "about" pages.