Continued from Part 1.

e also are going to have what we're calling an Additional Resources Blog. This will include news articles and opinion pieces, scholarly articles, NGO reports and government reports that relate to the material that we are posting both in the Fundamental Seminar and in the Frontiers Seminar. And again, as with all blogs, the posts will be in reverse chronological order from the most recent to the earliest.

Another blog that we're going to start is what we're calling a Colleague Activities Blog. Lou Kriesberg, who's the person who's pictured at the far left, has already submitted some material to us that we're going to be posting soon in the Colleague Activities Blog. We've been working quite a bit with Peter Coleman, Robert Ricigliano, and Chip Hauss who are working on similar projects. We likely will be posting material of theirs in the Colleague Activities Blog as well.

And we'd like to post anything that other people would send that relates to what we're doing. So let us know what you're doing and we'll post it there.

All of the seminars and blogs are available on the MBI MOOS page and on the left side of the BI page. And they're all going to be available on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. There's two options on both of those social networking sites. If you friend, follow, or connect with MBI MOOS on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, you'll get the Core Materials Blog. If you friend, follow, or connect with Beyond Intractability on those same sites, you'll get what we're calling the All Materials Blog, which has all the core materials plus all the additional posts, so basically everything.

There's going to be about one post/day in the Frontiers Seminar, and one in  the Fundamental Seminar a day, and one, possibly two, in the Additional Resources Blog per day. So you can get anywhere between two posts to four posts a day depending on which of these two subscriptions you sign up for.

So to recap the reading options:  the Everything Blog and the Core Posts Blog are available everywhere. And all of the seminars and the other blogs are available on the BI and MBI-MOOS pages only.

So then there's the notion of being a read-write contributor, which relates just to the Conflict Frontier Seminar. The first thing that you'll see when you try to sign up or try to answer one of the discussion questions, is that we're asking people to register. This is so we can figure out who's posting, which we hope will help us keep the posts constructive and civil. I'm sure you've seen that there's a lot of problems with discussion boards, particularly on news sites and social networking sites, where discussions get pretty ugly pretty fast. If that happens we're going to have to stop the discussion on the MBI-MOOS and we really don't want to do that. So we're asking everybody who wants to contribute their ideas to register and we're strongly encouraging people to use their real names. If you can't use your real name for personal security reasons, we're willing to accept other names as long as we know who people are. But we will be trying to monitor everything pretty closely, we're starting with a very small staff so if this gets going really fast we may not be able to monitor everything immediately. But we will be keeping pretty close tabs on it, and if people start posting things that are not constructive, we will be blocking those people, hopefully, very quickly. And if you see something that you think is not constructive, we really want you to let us know!

The discussion questions show up after the referenced resources in each of the posts. They will be links, and if you click on the links, you will get to the discussion page. This has a longer description of the kinds of questions that we're thinking about, and things that we want people to answer.

And if you look at the top, you will see that there's a request there that you register. If you click on that link you'll get to a contributor registration page which will ask for your name and affiliation, then it asks a few other questions. This isn't required to answer to get registered-- but we're trying to find out who is engaging with us. And the more we find out about who is engaging with us, the better job we'll be able to do to focus on things that our users are interested in. So it would really help us if you fill out the entire contributor registration form, which doesn't take very long.

Then when you click -- after you're registered--and you click on a discussion, you'll get something that looks like this. And you'll be able to put a subject and then you'll be able to post your comment.

There are also of course the same discussion questions on the posts that show up on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But we hope that people won't answer those discussion questions there.  We can't stop you from doing that, of course, but that will create a string in four different places and we also can't block comments that aren't constructive on those sites, or at least I'm not sure that we can. (I'm not the expert on those social networking sites, somebody else is going to be doing that for us.) But we do want you to post on the MBI- MOOS or the BI page, which actually all resolve to the same place.

There's more details about all of this on the accessing MOOS content page, which has the URL beyondintractability.org/moos/access. So you can get lots of details there.

 

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). www.beyondintractability.org