Colleague Activities

We are always looking for people doing interesting, intractable conflict-related projects to feature on our Colleague Activities Blog. See the Blog Homepage for information on how to submit your work.

  • "Entangled" Social Change: From Inter-action to "Intra-action"
    An insightful look at how we are all part of the conflict system, and how simply observing it is also an intervention. So HOW we observe and interpret is key.
  • The State of Public Discourse on Campus
    Episode 9 of Areas of Agreement, a podcast featuring students and faculty discussing the need for viewpoint diversity and constructgive disagreement on campuses.
  • Mapping Civic Measurement: How Are We Assessing Readiness and Opportunities for an Engaged Citizenry? 
    A report on a review of existing resources and tools we can sue to evaluate the success of efforts to improve our constitutional democracy.
  • Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education
    A set of case studies illustrating ways different campuses have successfully navigated the political conflicts that are riling so many colleges and universities.
  • Citizenship and American Identity Program--The Aspen Institute
    This program explores the question of what it means to be American, and how to promote a shared sense of national identity in an age of demographic flux and severe inequality.
  • BridgeUSA
    BridgeUSA is a youth-led nonprofit organization that creates spaces on high school and college campuses for open discussion between students about political issues.
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
    Their mission is to protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies, build peace side-by-side with local communities, and advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.
  • National Coalition or Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
    A network of innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today’s toughest issues. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource center, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this vital community of practice.
  • Black Women for Positive Change
    A national policy-focused network of predominately African American women and “Good Brothers” working to strengthen the American middle and working classes (particularly among Blacks) and changing the culture of violence in America.
  • The Carter Center
    Founded in partnership with Emory University, the Carter Center has a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. The Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health worldwide.
  • American Friends Service Committee
    The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) promotes a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. They work with people and partners worldwide, of all faiths and backgrounds, to meet urgent community needs, challenge injustice, and build peace.
  • The Democrats’ Patriotism Problem
    The next installment in a three-part look at things that Democrats might do to broaden their appeal enough to start diffusing our hyper-polarized politics. This one focuses on the trouble that progressives often have acknowledging that there are good things about America.
  • Institute for Economics and Peace
    The Institute for Economics and Peace aims to create a paradigm shift in the way the world thinks about peace. They do this by developing global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analyzing country level risk and fragility, and understanding positive peace.
  • Livingroom Conversations' Ranked-Choice Voting Conversation Guide
    Information about how ranked choice voting works and a guide for having a constructive conversation about it.
  • Health and Democracy Index
    When communities vote, they influence policy decisions that have a big effect on their health. This analysis compares 12 public health indicators and voter turnout to the restrictiveness of voting policies in each state.
  • Peacebuilding, Conflict and Community Development
    How do local communities effectively build peace and reconciliation before, during and after open violence? A book with practical examples, from the Global North, the former Soviet bloc, and Global South.
  • Actually, You Don’t Know That Much
    An exploration of what happens when we are so convinced that we are right that we think that anyone who disagrees with us is stupid and probably evil.
  • Common Ground Committee's Podcast: Let's Find Common Ground
    A podcast exploring paths to more progress and less division. How to find common ground with "the other side."
  • In Ohio, one man’s quest to get more voters to agree to disagree
    The story of one man in Ohio who has started Dinner and a Fight--a dialogue process to get people talking across differences.
  • The Reagan Revolution Was Built on Compromise
    For those on the right who do not feel that the changes they seek can be achieved through compromise, a reminder of what Ronald Reagan was able to accomplish.
  • How to rise above partisan politics to uphold our democracy
    As we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, here are seven ways to mobilize citizens across differences as partisans for democracy. An article from Julia Roig.
  • Imagining a better future for American democracy, with Suzette Brooks Masters
    A much more positive way of looking at democracy's problems -- instead of focusing on things that are going wrong, focus on things that could go right.
  • National Civic League
    The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to create equitable, thriving communities. We achieve this by inspiring, supporting and recognizing inclusive approaches to community decision-making.
  • Team Democracy
    Team Democracy's mission is to rally all Americans - and especially those who we elect to represent us - to a shared identity, and a shared commitment to democracy. They work especially on assuring safe and fair elections.
  • Polarization and Social Change Lab
    Our work is focused on developing practical scientific knowledge in three main areas: paths to political consensus, reducing harms of polarization, and effective strategies of social activism.