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A new place to explore and discuss ideas for moving beyond the complex intractable conflict problems that so threaten human society.

Conflict Information Consortium (CIC)

Guy Burgess & Heidi Burgess

The University of Colorado Conflict Information Consortium, directed by Heidi and Guy Burgess, was founded in 1988 as a multi-disciplinary center for research and teaching about conflict and its transformation. With its primary focus on difficult and intractable conflicts, the Consortium has pioneered efforts to use rapidly advancing information technologies to provide citizens in all walks of life with the information that they need to deal with conflicts more constructively. The Consortium sees such efforts to enhance and mobilize the skills of the general population as critical to efforts to deal with complex, society-wide conflicts.

This work, which dates back to the earliest days of the Internet, has led to the development of two major online knowledge bases.  The first one is The Conflict Resolution Information Source ( started in the late 1990s.  It focused primarily on negotiable conflicts and ADR processes.  

The second one, called, Beyond Intractability, is the website of the Intractable Conflict Knowledge Base Project ( which started on 2000, and is ongoing, although it is now being supplemented and updated with the Moving Beyond Intractability MOOS.  

These systems, which were constructed with the help of more than 400 experts, offer coverage of over 600 conflict topics (often with succinct, executive summary-type articles as well as links to recommended Web, print, and audiovisual sources) for more in-depth information. Also available are over a hundred hours of online interviews, featuring more than 70 distinguished scholars and practitioners, and comprehensive bibliographies with more than 20,000 citations.

All of these materials -- and others from related projects-- feed into the MBI-MOOS.  But now with the MOOS, Guy and Heidi Burgess are finally adding a large number of their own ideas -- sometimes quite different and perhaps challenging to contemporary conflict theory and practice -- that they have been teaching about, but not writing about for quite some time.  In a sense, we are trying to add our book to the several excellent books that have been recently released about intractable conflict, complex systems and peacebuilding.  But since we have a deep belief in Internet education and learning, we are putting "our book" here in the hopes of reaching many more people and generating lots (we hope) of interesting conversations! We hope you will join us!


Moving Beyond Intractability Massive Open Online Seminar
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Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess, Co-Directors
Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado
UCB 580, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0580, (303) 492-1635,


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