PUTTING EXPERIENCE AND INNOVATION TO WORK FOR PEACE AND SOCIAL CHANGE.

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USING A NEW LENS TO ADDRESS RACISM AND PROMOTE INCLUSION IN BOSTON AND BEYOND.

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BEYOND CONFLICT INNOVATION LAB: APPLYING SCIENCE TO CONFLICT AND SOCIAL CHANGE

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BEYOND CONFLICT

The emerging fields of brain and behavioral science, combined with 25 years of real-world experience, offer a powerful new approach to conflict resolution, reconciliation and positive social change in the United States and abroad.

Racism
& Exclusion

Racism
& Exclusion

As the United States undergoes major demographical, cultural, and generational change, the old forces of racism and exclusion are resurgent. Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, according to the FBI, and hate speech towards Muslims and immigrants is increasing. At the same time, systemic racism is being made visible by a new generation of activists, creating an urgent opportunity for action. But this moment of opportunity has to be matched with evidence and experience. What works best in promoting greater inclusion in our cities and communities?
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Migrant & Refugee Crisis

Migrant & Refugee Crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis is a defining conflict of this generation, and the mental health toll has been catastrophic. The Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab has been working on a new handbook called The Field Guide for Barefoot Psychologists which captures and reframes the current science of chronic stress, psychological trauma, grief and loss, shame, and hopelessness in an accessible and user-friendly handbook for refugees and those working with them.
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Polarization & Division

Polarization & Division

Polarization has always been a feature of American politics but is now entering a new and dangerous phase not seen for generations. Emerging evidence shows that increasingly, polarization in the US may be more accurately understood as a social identity issue, similar to the way Sunnis and Shias or Israelis and Palestinians perceive one another — in other words, as enemy tribes that represent threat, where the other side’s political gain is seen as a major risk to your identity and value system. Simultaneously, Republicans and Democrats have become more geographically segregated and clustered, sorting themselves into like-minded communities and like-minded information bubbles.
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Racism
& Exclusion

As the United States undergoes major demographical, cultural, and generational change, the old forces of racism and exclusion are resurgent. Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, according to the FBI, and hate speech towards Muslims and immigrants is increasing. At the same time, systemic racism is being made visible by a new generation of activists, creating an urgent opportunity for action. But this moment of opportunity has to be matched with evidence and experience. What works best in promoting greater inclusion in our cities and communities?
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FROM THE BLOG

Mike Niconchuk

Fleeing War, Traumatized Syrian Refugees Need Mental Health Access More Than Ever

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“EACH OF US, NO MATTER OUR CALLING, CAN BE AGENTS OF CHANGE AND HEALING IN THIS WORLD”

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Emile Bruneau

WHY IT MATTERS WHEN THE PRESIDENT CALLS PEOPLE, EVEN VIOLENT GANG MEMBERS, ‘ANIMALS’

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