The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is the most serious, and the most neglected, problem facing humanity. Solving today's tough problems depends upon finding better ways of dealing with these conflicts.  More...


Beyond Intractability initiatives, learning materials, and knowledge base support those working on these conflicts at all levels—from the individual to the societal.

 

Selected Recent BI Posts
Including Hyper-Polarization Posts

Hyper-Polarization Graphic

  • Matt Legge: When Polarization is Beneficial -- Issue polarization can help people come closer to understanding "the truth" about controversial events or issues. How information is presented to parties in conflicts makes a big difference to the quality of the conflict that ensues.
  • Essential Elements of Successful Democracies - Part 2 -- Boulding's First Law is ""If it exists, it must be possible." All of the essential elements of democracy exist--though sometimes in other contexts. We need to implement them in our governance systems.
  • Is Polarization Good or Bad? -- Rising heat is not necessarily bad--it shows changes are needed. But we need to pursue those changes constructively, as attempts to overpower or destroy the other will also destroy ourselves.
 

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Educators
Consider BI's low-cost Teaching Materials.

 
 

Hyper-Polarization Discussion
Follow (and contribute to) an ongoing exploration of ideas for better meeting the tough challenges posed by hyper-polarization and intractable conflict. 


Constructive Conflict Initiative
Join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of this work.

Initiative Icon

 
 


Things You Can Do to Help Ideas

Practical things we can all do to limit the destructive conflicts threatening our future.

 

 


Conflict Frontiers

A free, open, online seminar exploring new approaches for addressing difficult and intractable conflicts. Major topic areas include:

Scale, Complexity, & Intractability

Massively Parallel Peacebuilding

Authoritarian Populism

Constructive Confrontation

 


Conflict Fundamentals

An look at to the fundamental building blocks of the peace and conflict field covering both “tractable” and intractable conflict.

 

 

Beyond Intractability / CRInfo
Knowledge Base

Home / Browse | Essays | Search | About

 


BI in Context

Links to thought-provoking articles exploring the larger, societal dimension of intractability.

 

 


Colleague Activities

Information about interesting conflict and peacebuilding efforts.

 
 

Intractable Conflict Challenge

Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is the most serious, and the most neglected, problem facing humanity. Solving today's tough problems depends upon finding better ways of dealing with these conflicts. More...


Beyond Intractability initiatives, learning materials, and knowledge base support those working on these conflicts at all levels—from the individual to the societal.

 
 
 

Intractable Conflict Challenge

Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is the most serious, and the most neglected, problem facing humanity. Solving today's tough problems depends upon finding better ways of dealing with these conflicts. More...


Beyond Intractability initiatives, learning materials, and knowledge base support those working on these conflicts at all levels—from the individual to the societal.

 
 
 

Intractable Conflict Challenge

Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is the most serious, and the most neglected, problem facing humanity. Solving today's tough problems depends upon finding better ways of dealing with these conflicts.  More...


Beyond Intractability initiatives, learning materials, and knowledge base support those working on these conflicts at all levels—from the individual to the societal.

 


Things You Can Do to Help Ideas

Practical things we can all do to limit the destructive conflicts threatening our future.

 


Conflict Frontiers Seminar

A free, open, online seminar exploring new approaches for addressing difficult and intractable conflicts. Major topic areas include:

Scale, Complexity, &
Intractability

Massively Parallel
Peacebuilding

Authoritarian
Populism

Constructive
Confrontation

 

 


BI in Context

Links to thought-provoking articles exploring the larger, societal dimension of intractability.

 

The Intractable Conflict Challenge

Our inability to constructively handle intractable conflict is the most serious, and the most neglected, problem facing humanity. Solving today's tough problems depends upon finding better ways of dealing with these conflicts.  More...


Beyond Intractability initiatives, learning materials, and knowledge base support those working on these conflicts at all levels—from the individual to the societal.

 

  • Matt Legge: When Polarization is Beneficial -- Issue polarization can help people come closer to understanding "the truth" about controversial events or issues. How information is presented to parties in conflicts makes a big difference to the quality of the conflict that ensues.
  • Essential Elements of Successful Democracies - Part 2 -- Boulding's First Law is ""If it exists, it must be possible." All of the essential elements of democracy exist--though sometimes in other contexts. We need to implement them in our governance systems.
  • Is Polarization Good or Bad? -- Rising heat is not necessarily bad--it shows changes are needed. But we need to pursue those changes constructively, as attempts to overpower or destroy the other will also destroy ourselves.
  • AfP Seminar--Toxic Polarization: What's the Left Got to Do with It? -- The language used to refer to the right is just making things worse, not better. The substance of the left's arguments matters too.
 

Get the Newsletter
Check Out Our Quick Start Guide

 

Educators
Consider BI's low-cost Teaching Materials.

 
 

Hyper-Polarization Discussion
Follow (and contribute to) an ongoing exploration of ideas for better meeting the tough challenges posed by hyper-polarization and intractable conflict. 


Constructive Conflict Initiative
Join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of this work.

Initiative Icon

 
 


Things You Can Do to Help Ideas

Practical things we can all do to limit the destructive conflicts threatening our future.

 

 


Conflict Frontiers

A free, open, online seminar exploring new approaches for addressing difficult and intractable conflicts. Major topic areas include:

Scale, Complexity, &
Intractability

Massively Parallel
Peacebuilding

Authoritarian
Populism

Constructive
Confrontation

 


Conflict Fundamentals

An look at to the fundamental building blocks of the peace and conflict field covering both “tractable” and intractable conflict.

 

 

Beyond Intractability / CRInfo
Knowledge Base

Home / Browse | Essays | Search | About

 


BI in Context

Links to thought-provoking articles exploring the larger, societal dimension of intractability.

 

 


Colleague Activities

Information about interesting conflict and peacebuilding efforts.



Things You Can Do to Help Ideas

Practical things we can all do to limit the destructive conflicts threatening our future.

 


Conflict Frontiers Seminar

A free, open, online seminar exploring new approaches for addressing difficult and intractable conflicts. Major topic areas include:

Scale, Complexity, and
Intractability

Massively Parallel
Peacebuilding

Authoritarian
Populism

Constructive
Confrontation

 

 


BI in Context

Links to thought-provoking articles exploring the larger, societal dimension of intractability.

 

Hyper-Polarization Discussion
Follow (and contribute to) an ongoing exploration of ideas for better meeting the tough challenges posed by hyper-polarization and intractable conflict. 


Constructive Conflict Initiative
Join us in calling for a dramatic expansion of this work.

Initiative Icon

 
 


Conflict Fundamentals

An look at to the fundamental building blocks of the peace and conflict field covering both “tractable” and intractable conflict.

 

 

Beyond Intractability / CRInfo
Knowledge Base

A much more extensive set of materials including theoretical articles, case studies, book and article summaries, profiles of peacebuilders and more.
Home / Browse | Essays | Search | About

 


Colleague Activities

Information about interesting conflict and peacebuilding efforts.