This view gives a "tour" of the various options to view MOOS posts (on the Moving Beyond Intractability and Beyond Intractability sites, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  It also explains how to contribute your own ideas to the discussions.  The material shown here is a video summary of the information also available on the (text-based) "access" page. 

For information about what the MOOS is, why we are creating it, and how you can get involved, please see the companion video 

Full Transcript

Hi. This is Heidi Burgess. Here I'd like to explain how to use the Moving Beyond IntractabilityMOOS.

“Using” can mean a couple of things. It can mean reading and watching the videos which we refer to as read-only engagement. Or it can mean contributing your own ideas, which we refer to as read-write contributors. Let's talk about reading and watching first.

The most versatile approach is to go to the Moving Beyond Intractability website--which has two possible URLs:, or the more familiar

On this page you can see everything that is involved in the MOOS. If you know what you're looking for you can go to the Quick Start links and there's links there to just about everything that people are likely to be using frequently.  There's a menu bar at the top that also has such links that isn't shown here.

If you're not familiar with the MOOS, you might want to go over here and read the material under What's A MOOS? And perhaps look at the essays about the underlying theory behind the MOOS that's down here under Intractability and Complexity. You can also read the latest MOOS posts here.

All of the material that's available on the Moving Beyond Intractability homepage is also available on the Beyond Intractability homepage, over on the left-hand side of the page. Again you will see the Quick Start links, all the latest MOOS posts and then you can see the Knowledge Base that's over on the right-hand side of that page. That's the traditional Beyond Intractability and now also CRInfo knowledge bases.

The MOOS is made up of many parts. All of it involves individual posts which are made up of a video, a short synopsis and text of that video, references to any materials that we cite in the video, and a full transcript. Often there are questions to consider and sometimes respond to in the read- write discussion section of the MOOS, and picture credits for all the pictures that were used in the videos.

Sometimes, particularly for the Conflict Fundamentals Seminar, we will be starting with essays instead of videos, but eventually hope to have videos in that seminar as well.

All of the posts are combined so that many posts together will make up seminars and blogs. We have two big seminars: The Conflict Frontier Seminar is the one that we envisioned originally as being the only seminar we were going to have. This is looking at frontier of the field issues, things that we really don't know very much or not enough about -- why conflicts remain intractable.

The other one is called the Conflict Fundamentals Seminar, where we're dealing with the things that are pretty well understood in the conflict resolution field, but are likely to be of interest to people who are new to the field

In addition we're going to have a number of shorter brownbag seminars on particular topics. Right now we're thinking of one on US politics, we're thinking of on one of complexity and conflict, and another one that looks at competitors versus compromisers. These will be subsets of the material that we will be posting in either the Frontier or the Fundamentals Seminars--but mostly, the Frontier Seminar—they contain groups of posts that we think will have particularly specific audiences.

All of the seminars have syllabi, and if you click on the seminar link on either of the home pages, you will see the syllabi in chronological order from the first post to the last post. And once each of the videos gets posted, those links will be live, the ones that haven't been posted yet will not be live links yet.

Then we also have blogs. The Frontier Seminar posts, the Fundamental Seminar posts, and the Brownbag posts will all be put together in what we're calling the Core Materials Blog. And as all blogs work, those posts will be in reverse chronological order, so the latest post will be the one at the top -- opposite the syllabus.

Guy Burgess is a Founder and Co-Director of the University of Colorado Conflict Information Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and has been working in the conflict resolution field, as a scholar and a practitioner, since 1979. His primary interests involve the study and management of intractable conflicts, public policy dispute resolution, and the dissemination of conflict resolution knowledge over the Internet. He is one of the primary authors and creators of the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflicts, and is the Co-Director of CRInfo -- the Conflict Resolution Information Source. Dr. Burgess has edited and authored a number of books and articles, the most recent being The Encyclopedia of Conflict Resolution (with Heidi Burgess, ABC-Clio 1999).