Ideological Conflict Workshop: Methods and Tools for Conflict Resolution Practitioners

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 9:00 AM
Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb St. W, Waterloo, Canada
Dec 4

The Ideological Conflict Project, recipient of a CIGI Collaborative Research Award, is an interdisciplinary research group based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs that develops new methods for understanding the role of ideas, beliefs and emotions in conflict situations, through the use of complexity theory to integrate the insights of current cognitive and social science. These include Cognitive-Affective Mapping (CAM); a method for depicting beliefs as emotionally coherent networks of concepts that interact in a manner akin to neural networks.  This workshop will assemble prominent experts with direct field experience in conflict resolution and negotiation - including David Last, Peter Jones, Ben Hoffman, and Esra Cuhadar - to discuss how ICP methods can be adapted as practical tools for managing live conflict situations.