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Colleague and Context Posts for the Week of July 9, 2023
Newsletter #132 —July 9, 2023
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The Fury in France—and Across the West — An essay that helps explain large-scale civil unrest that has been sweeping France and how it is different from the United States' superficially similar George Floyd protests.
Improving Problem Assessment
Opinion: How Joe Rogan's vaccine-debate pitch undermines real science — A provocative look at the circumstances under which debate does and does not help audiences develop a more accurate and morally sound opinions about controversial issues.
The Corruption of Lindsey Graham — A lengthy and very detailed analysis of the incremental changes that led to Donald Trump's transformation of the Republican Party and its increasing embrace of authoritarianism.
Highlighting things that our conflict and peacebuilding colleagues are doing that contribute to efforts to address the hyper-polarization problem.
Effective Communication Strategies
AllSides Media Bias Chart™ Version 9: Updated Ratings for AP, IJR, TIME, TheBlaze, and More — An update on a systematic effort to assess the political bias of major news sources – an assessment that reveals that many publications are not as objective as their audience thinks.
Developing a Unifying Vision
Our Relationship to The Future: Narratives, Imagination Skills and Futures Literacy — A discussion of and resources to help people envision positive futures while also engaging honestly with the past.
Race / Anti-Racism
Rethinking Systems Design for Racial Justice & Equity — Recordings of a Spring 2022 symposium held by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and the Divided Community Project, with the Harvard Negotiation Program, and the Stanford Center for Conflict Resolution
Theories of Change
Collective Impact — Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
Beyond Intractability in Context
From around the web, more insight into the nature of our conflict problems, limits of business-as-usual thinking, and things people are doing to try to make things better.
Developing a Unifying Vision
Two visions of environmentalism — A thoughtful and important observation that the conflict is not between the pro-and anti-environmental movement but between two different visions for the environmental movement.
World War III Will Be Fought With Viruses — Yet another reason why we should not assume that catastrophic world wars are a thing of the past. The time has come to give war prevention the additional attention it deserves.
What Makes Putin and the World’s Autocrats So Resilient? — As we think about ways of building more resilient democracies, it is worth paying attention to what makes autocracy resilient and why it is so important that we not let it get established.
A Radical Idea for Fixing Congress: Proportional Representation — An idea for restructuring Congress in ways that replace the current, usually noncompetitive "winner take all" system with real choices that help assure that minority views are represented.
What the U.S. Military Still Hasn’t Learned From Iraq — Key to not repeating the mistakes of the past is an ability to learn from those mistakes – something that the United States is not doing very well as it looks back on the war on terror.
Here’s why supplying Ukraine with cluster munitions would be a terrible mistake — In the context of Ukraine, an assessment of the complex issues surrounding attempts to ban weapons of war that cause death and destruction long after the fighting ends.
Biden faces renewed pressure to embrace Supreme Court overhaul — More evidence that the credibility of the United States' judicial system is collapsing and being replaced by partisan efforts to shape the courts in ways that deliver the politically desired judgements.
Climate Journalism is Broken — A look at the way in which the many problems afflicting contemporary journalism are impacting coverage of climate-related issues and, potentially, distorting our response to the crisis.
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