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Colleague and Context Posts for the Week of Sept 3, 2023
Newsletter #152 —Sept 3, 2023
Highlighting things that our conflict and peacebuilding colleagues are doing that contribute to efforts to address the hyper-polarization problem.
Tamarack Institute — The Tamarack Institute develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions to solve major community issues across Canada and beyond.
Why Your Presence Alone Is Surprisingly Powerful — Just sitting with someone can reduce pain and anxiety; making eye contact reduces perceived social distance and improves cooperation.
Effective Problem-Solving Efforts
Network for Responsible Public Policy — NFRPP provides stories that educate, inform, foster civic engagement, and generate a sense of shared purpose to help keep US democracy dynamic and viable.
Berkeley political scientists chart a promising course to ease toxic polarization — New research co-authored at UC Berkeley details the psychological processes that demagogues exploit to erode support for democracy — and show a way to bridge the dangerous divide.
Are Our Political Rivals As Bad As We Think They Are? DTH Episode 161 with Daniel F. Stone — A conversation talking about how to understand the mistakes we make about those on the other side of the political spectrum — and how they drive the affective polarization that is tearing us apart.
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.
America Is Often a Nation Divided — An informative look back at historical periods in which the US was as deeply divided as it is today. We got through those tough times and we can get through today's (if we work at it).
Freedom of Speech
Why civility should not trump free expression: Part 10 of answers to bad arguments against free speech from Nadine Strossen and Greg Lukianoff — For those trying to think through what limits should be placed on free speech, a link to thoughts on one part of the argument plus links to 13 articles addressing other aspects of this complex issue.
Moms for Liberty: ‘We Do Not Co-Parent With the Government’ — A story about a case in which efforts to challenge political opponents crosses the line into dishonest hatemongering.
Can Plastic Recycling Ever Really Work? — An example of a small, but effective effort to challenge the misleading labeling of "recyclable" plastics in ways that expand the market for true recyclables (and limit "greenwashing").
Developing a Unifying Vision
What Is Integralism? — An exploration of the two major ways in which conservatives think about the relationship between individual liberty, government action, and social morality.
Freedom of Speech
Tolerating Intolerance: The Free Speech Paradox — An exploration of one of the toughest challenges facing efforts to build a diverse democracy based on mutual tolerance – the unwillingness of some people to tolerate political opponents.
Developing a Unifying Vision
Democrats and Republicans share core values but still distrust each other — Good news that Democrats and Republicans are actually in agreement on many core moral values. Unfortunately, they still distrust one another.
Domination and Oppression
Another Ethnic Cleansing Could Be Underway — and We’re Not Paying Attention — A reminder that efforts to prevent "ethnic cleansing" and genocidal violence require constant vigilance and an ability to act in low-profile cases that escape global attention.
Superstar Cities in the Age of Zoom — An introduction to the field of economic geography – an attempt to understand exactly why some economic localities are favored, why others are disadvantaged, and what to do about it.
What Is a Minsky Moment? Definition, Causes, History, and Examples — From economics, a useful concept – the Minsky Moment -- the point at which "things that can't go on like this, don't" (and catastrophe ensues).
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