What we do
Rooted in 25 years of direct experience around the world, the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab applies research from cognitive and behavioral science to measurably reduce and prevent social conflict and its consequences. We are building, applying, and disseminating a new approach and science-based framework to address a range of pressing social challenges.
The human brain contains unconscious biases that help drive conflict and prevent reconciliation. As a result, our intuitive approaches to resolving conflict can fail or even backfire. Through careful, controlled experimental research, cognitive and behavioral sciences have been able to characterize and measure a number of these biases. At the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, we aim to bring relevant neuroscience and psychology research into conflict contexts to revolutionize the field of peacebuilding and transform how we design interventions to measurably promote social change.