MOOS Fundamentals Seminar Posts

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  • Delegitimization drives escalation and violence—but how is it reversed?
  • North Korea's siege mentality is particularly dangerous as the US is exhibiting a siege mentality too!
  • Since the conflict ethos feeds continuation of the conflict, that needs to change for conflicts to be resolved.
  • In intractable conflicts, it is possible for entire societies to get tangled up in negative psychological dynamics, making the conflict extremely difficult to escape.
  • Emotions cannot be ignored in intractable conflicts--they are the elephant that a rider only tenuously controls.
  • Worldview frames go a long way in explaining why the US is becoming increasingly polarized.
  • Enemy images deepen our socio-economics & political problems, while they make effective problem solving impossible.
  • Genocides start with negative stereotyping--is this where the US wants to go?
  • Identity frames shape who we are...and what we believe and do as well.
  • Total refusal to live with the "other side" results in into-the-sea framing and deep intractability.
  • Self-fulfilling prophecies keep us stuck in destructive conflict styles.
  • Your process frame is a blinder that lets you see a solution...or forces it away.
  • Frames determine what we believe is true. When we framing things differently, conflict resolution is a challenge!
  • This intro to a 6-essay series focuses on the causes and impacts of oppression and how it can be overcome.
  • Evelin Lindner calls humiliation the "atom bomb of emotions" because it does such profound damage to relationships.
  • If power were one-dimensional, we could agree who has more and who has less. However, we are often surprised when a seemingly less powerful party holds a more powerful party at bay. This essay discusses both potential and actual power, the forms power can take, and its role in causing and solving intractable conflicts.
  • Social status is intrinsically linked with ideas of power, humiliation, dignity and hierarchy. In many societies, there is a perpetual struggle between those at the top and those at the bottom, as is evidenced by the political struggles waging today.
  • Identity drives many intractable conflicts as people simplify complex situations into an "us-versus them" story. This article examines: (1) the characteristics of identities, (2) how particular qualities of collective identities contribute intractability, (3) what shapes collective identities, and (4) how such identities can be modified to help transform and resolve intractable conflicts.
  • Moral conflicts often become intractable, as neither side is willing to compromise their deeply-held beliefs.
  • Conflicts between the rich and the poor are intractable in many contexts.
  • When conflicts over who gets what really matter--they are high stakes--they drive intractability.
  • Violent extremism is one of the most difficult challenges our time. We MUST design better ways of preventing it.
  • Not everyone on the “other side” is the same: some are open to compromise and others not. Don't lump them together.
  • James MacGregor Burns, observed, "Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." These resources examine the dynamics between a group and their leader.
  • Leaders at 3 levels of society can contribute to peace, but the middle level is often the most effective.