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Destructive conflict dynamics are our real enemies -- they cause us to do terrible things to one another.

The complexities of society-wide conflict require a more expansive paradigm than that needed for small-scale disputes.

We are all responsible for limiting destructive conflict. We can't just be "free riders" waiting for someone else to do it.
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For those willing to do what they can to help, the MOOS offers information that can make their work more effective.
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It's not enough to better apply existing conflict knowledge – we need new ideas for meeting today's tough challenges.

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The non-credit MOOS seminars merge the free and widely accessible reach of massive open online courses with a seminar's exploration of frontier the field issues.

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The MOOS is designed to speed the development and utilization of strategies for effectively addressing the complexity of destructive, intractable conflicts so that they can be transformed into more constructive situations.

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The content and organizational structure of MOOS Seminars and Blogs is designed to meet the needs of five principal audiences:

  • Citizens wanting information about more constructive of handling conflict problems.
  • Advocates and Activists wanting to limit the destructive conflict dynamics they commonly encounter.
  • Students and Educators at the undergraduate graduate level looking for a structured exploration the intractable conflict problem.
  • Practitioners in formal & informal conflict roles looking for ways to improve their practice.
  • Expert scholars and practitioners with substantial background in intractable conflict-related fields interested in helping to advance the frontier of the field (and improving the MOOS). 

MOOS on Social Network Content Streams

The MOOS content can be accessed directly through the specific seminar pages. In addition, as the seminars proceed, MOOS content is posted in two streams on social networks and on the MBI-MOOS page:

Additional details on how the various ways to access MOOS content can be found on our Access Page.

MOOS Seminars

Posts are organized in the following annotated syllabi and blogs.

Contributing to the MOOS

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  • Channels of Communication -- When channels of communication between hostile actors close, risks of destructive conflict raise substantially.
  • Misunderstandings -- Even if the misunderstandings do not cause conflict, they can escalate it rapidly once it starts.
  • Interpersonal Communication -- We take it for granted, but so much can go wrong with our communication. In conflict, care is essential!
  • Cognitive Dissonance -- Cognitive dissonance, too, has a dual nature: it can escalate or de-escalate conflict depending on how it is used.
  • Victimhood -- Victimhood has a dual nature—people can be both ashamed and proud of their victim status at the same time.
  • Delegitimization -- Delegitimization drives escalation and violence—but how is it reversed?