After a long and successful association with the University of Colorado, Beyond Intractability, the Conflict Information Consortium, and all of our affiliated projects will be parting from the University on May 15, 2020.
With the Burgesses' retirement from their research and teaching positions at the University of Colorado, the Conflict Information Consortium (the parent organization for Beyond Intractability and the Constructive Conflict Initiative) will be discontinued as a University program effective that date.
However, 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, 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. For this, our goals are relatively modest. We simply want to raise the $3000/year we need to cover the costs of operating the Consortium's computer system and the time of student assistants who help us operate the system. For now, we plan to continue contributing our time to the effort on a pro bono basis. Anything you can contribute to helping us reach our Go Fund Me goal would be greatly appreciated.
Since we are doing this as individuals and since Beyond Intractability is not affiliated with any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization at this time, the Go Fund Me account is personal. That said, we are seeking only modest funding and we are committed to using the funds only to support the Beyond Intractability Project and the Constructive Conflict Initiative.
Please contribute what you can.
More Major Fundraising
Obviously, small donations will not begin to cover the ambitious set of Next Steps and longer-term projects that we are trying to pursue in conjunction with the Constructive Conflict Initiative and Moving Beyond Intractability's expanded collection of related learning materials. We have always believed that the successful pursuit of these projects will require partnerships with other individuals and more formalized institutions (including nonprofit 501(c)(3)s). Going forward, the development of such partnerships will obviously be increasingly important. If you are a funder or a 501(c)(3) and are interested in forming a relationship with Beyond Intractability and/or the Constructive Conflict Initiative, let's talk!