Peter Coleman, Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Josh Fisher, Nick Redding, Kyong Mazzaro, Chris Straw and Meredith Smith, Columbia University
The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), the Morton Deutsch International Center on Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) and the Masters program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution are developing a four-course certificate program for conflict resolution students and practitioners in applying the dynamical systems theory approach. The intensive sequence will include an introductory, advanced, field work, and train-the-trainer modules preparing participants to engage adaptively with clients in a variety of complex social environments and to train others in employing the Dynamical Systems Theory of Practice (DSToP) framework and methodologies. The Introduction to Conflict and Complexity is currently part of the NECR and ICCCR curriculums and has been offered for the past several years. Efforts are currently focused on the Advanced Conflict and Complexity course, which will take a deeper dive into theory and concepts as well as incorporate an agent based simulation model to test system hypotheses and provide feedback on proposed change experiments. Our goal is to pilot this course in early 2016.