Wars Without End

by Dan Brown in Nature, March 11, 2015

Intractable conflicts Nature art

Source: Jones, D. (2015). Conflict resolution: Wars without end. Nature, 519(7542), 148-150. doi:10.1038/519148a

Viewing intractable conflict as dynamic, complex systems resistant to change through traditional cause and effect planning processes received some visibility from author Dan Brown in an article in Nature’s March 12, 2015 issue. In sharing the need for a ‘fresh approach,’ the author gives a nod to the Innovation Lab and several Lab members including Rob Ricigliano, Peter Coleman and Andrea Bartoli as well as other colleagues working in this area including Continue reading

Big ideas on Complexity Science and Sustainable Peace

The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), Columbia University with Peter Coleman, Glenda Eoyang, Josh Fisher, Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Aldo Civico, Orit Gal, Armando Geller, Larry Liebovitch, Rob Ricigliano, Josefine Roos and Stephen Gray

SP speaker list imageOn March 27, 2015, as part of Columbia University’s Sustaining Peace Conference, eleven scholars and practitioners gave nine short talks that offer easily understandable windows into conflict, peace and social change through systems thinking and complexity science lenses. The speakers incorporated key ideas to better understand complex social systems including the importance of looking for patterns as clues to Continue reading

Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) Web Portal

Peter T. Coleman, Josh Fisher, Nick Redding, Kyong Mazzaro, Chris Straw and Meredith Smith, AC4, Columbia University

DST-page-(cool-color)v3 dstTo share and promote efforts in applying a dynamical systems approach to addressing intractable conflict and promoting sustainable peace and social change, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University, has developed an informational portal titled The Project on Dynamical Systems, Peace, Conflict and Social Change. The portal, currently housed within the AC4 website, provides background on ‘Why DST?’ with updates on research at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), applied projects such as AC4’s work with Continue reading

“In Sync” book project

Peter Coleman and Rob Ricigliano

Peter and Rob have started work on a new book, titled “In Sync”. The goal is to provide a general reader with a compelling introduction to systems thinking and underscore the importance of appropriately matching an engagement approach to the type of problem you are dealing with.   They will include guidance on distinguishing ‘clock’ versus ‘cloud’ (Karl Popper) problems.   Stories will be used to orient the reader to different problem orientations and potential pathologies if an inappropriate orientation is applied. Continue reading

New Book: Security 2.0: Dealing with Global Wicked Problems by Charles Hauss

Melanie Greenberg, Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)

Security 2.0 book Hauss imageChip Hauss’s book, Security 2.0: Dealing with Global Wicked Problems has been published by Rowman & Littlefield.  Chip is Senior Fellow for Innovation with AfP.  “This enormously engaging and erudite book serves as a wise guide through the complex problems — from climate change to governance—defining life in the 21st century. Charles Hauss brilliantly translates a wide range of theory into tools that harness the power of networks and systems. He empowers readers to navigate the wicked problems in their own lives and communities, and challenges all of us to reach outside our comfort zones to find new meaning in the complexity around us. (Melanie Greenberg, president and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding)”