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Sender: Ravi Iyer
Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Msg: 101065

Hi all...

I thought I'd take the mention of Jon Haidt's research in this thread as a queue to introduce myself and our organization, as well as offer our services. Jon Haidt is on our board of directors. CivilPolitics is a small relatively new group of academics that hope to connect the research on conflict resolution to the practice, hopefully improving both. The main way we hope to do this is by facilitating exchanges of information between practitioners and academics, whether that is through our website ( or through direct work with practitioners. We are currently working on reviewing all the literature on conflict resolution (and not just political conflicts) to make more organized recommendations available on our site. You can preview some of our preliminary ideas on our site ( or and in keeping with this thread, a lot of the recommendations we are likely to make are going to be on the intuitive side (e.g. getting the sides to like each other or want to work together) as opposed to the rational side, not that both routes can't have value.

In the meantime, we'd be happy to consult with anyone who wants ideas (which you are free to use or not) on how academic research might apply to your particular paradigm. We've also been experimenting with tools that can aid in program evaluation and are happy to help with such projects, whether that means helping collect data, analyze data, or evaluate results. Just email me if interested in any of these services.

Thanks for all the work you all do and I look forward to working with some of you in the future.

Ravi Iyer

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM, Michael Briand wrote:

> LOL. Been there, John, and done that! > > For the record: We do need to be mindful of the "ladder of engagement" > and sensitive to the different needs that different people have at > different times with regard to involving themselves in discussion of policy > and political issues. Each of the existing approaches to dialogue and > deliberation makes a contribution to the project of building a more > participatory democracy. > > My particular concern is with the resolution of deep disagreement. My > disappointment with methods that fail to make progress toward achieving > this goal is more a reflection of my own quixotic quest for (to mix a > metaphor) the holy grail of such resolution than it is of the more-modest > aims that the creators and users of those methods set for themselves. That > said, I will repeat the point I made in an earlier post, viz., that I > believe most methods are not based on and do not embody well-articulated > theories of psychology that speak to questions of personal motivation, > interpersonal dynamics, psychic needs, social influences, etc. In > contrast, I can imagine, for example, that a method developed with the > conscious intent to incorporate Jonathan Haidt's research findings would > prove not only effective in appropriate circumstances but would also > advance progress in the field more swiftly and surely than approaches > lacking such a basis. > > But then, what do I know?... > > Cheers, > > Michael Briand > *homo sapiens* *pussilus* > Chico, CA > > > ------------------------------ > > To unsubscribe from the TRANSPARTISAN list, click the following link: > >


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