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The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts

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One in every twenty difficult conflicts ends up grinding to a halt. That's fully 5 percent of not just the diplomatic and political clashes we read about in the newspaper, but disputations and arguments from our everyday lives as well. Once we get pulled into these self-perpetuating conflicts it is nearly impossible to escape. The 5 percent rule us.

Table of Contents

  1. PETER T. COLEMAN, PhD
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Introduction
  6. part one - THE PROBLEM IMPOSSIBLE CONFLICTS
    1. FEAR AND LOATHING IN BOSTON
    2. chapter 1 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION METHODS THAT WORK—AND WHY THEY DO NOT HELP WITH ...
      1. TOP TEN LIMITATIONS TO STANDARD APPROACHES TO SOCIAL-SCIENCE RESEARCH
    3. chapter 2 - THE 5 PERCENT PROBLEM
      1. HOUSE KEEPING
      2. THE ESSENCE OF THE 5 PERCENT
      3. THE 5 PERCENT ARE ALSO HARD TO SEE
      4. THE FRAME PROBLEM
      5. RESPONDING TO COMPLEX PROBLEMS
      6. COMPLEX PROBLEMS AND OVERLY SIMPLISTIC PERCEPTIONS AND RESPONSES: A PERFECT STORM
  7. part two - THE APPROACH THE ATTRACTION OF IMPOSSIBLE CONFLICTS
    1. chapter 3 - THE BIG IDEA: COMPLEXITY, COHERENCE, AND CONFLICT
      1. THE INTRACTABLE CONFLICT LAB
      2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMPLEXITY, COHERENCE, AND CONFLICT
      3. THE BIG IDEA
      4. THE MATHEMATICS OF COMPLEXITY, COHERENCE, AND CONFLICT
      5. ATTRACTORS
      6. THE ATTRACTION OF THE 5 PERCENT PROBLEM
    2. chapter 4 - THE MODEL: INTRACTABLE ATTRACTORS
      1. OUR MODEL
      2. WHAT THE ATTRACTOR LANDSCAPE MODEL MEANS FOR ADDRESSING 5 PERCENT CONFLICTS
      3. WHEN FACED WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE CONFLICT
  8. part three - THE METHOD RESOLVING IMPOSSIBLE CONFLICTS
    1. chapter 5 - GETTING UNATTRACTED TO CONFLICT: THREE PRACTICES
      1. THE PRACTICES
      2. PRACTICE I: COMPLICATE TO SIMPLIFY
      3. CONFLICT-MAPPING 1: COMPLICATE THINGS
      4. CONFLICT-MAPPING 2: SIMPLIFY THINGS
      5. THE ATTRACTOR SIMULATION: OVERVIEW
      6. PRACTICE II: BUILD UP AND TEAR DOWN
      7. BUILD UP: GROWING HIDDEN POSSIBILITIES
      8. TEAR DOWN: DISMANTLING DESTRUCTIVE TRAPS
      9. PRACTICE III: CHANGE TO STABILIZE
  9. part four - THE 5 PERCENT SOLUTION PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
    1. chapter 6 - REALIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE IN MOZAMBIQUE AND BEYOND
      1. THE INTRACTABILITY OF MOZAMBIQUE
      2. THE ALM: COLLAPSE OF COMPLEXITY AND THE FORMATION OF A CLOSED, SELF-ORGANIZING SYSTEM
      3. INCREASING THE PROBABILITIES FOR PEACE IN MOZAMBIQUE
      4. THE THREE PRACTICES
      5. THE 5 PERCENT SOLUTION: INCREASING PROBABILITIES FOR PEACE
  10. conclusion
  11. appendix a - THE ATTRACTOR SOFTWARE
  12. appendix b - ANALYTICAL CONTENTS
  13. columbia university’s international center for cooperation and conflict ...
  14. notes
  15. index
  16. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  17. Copyright Page