Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab

Applying Science to Conflict and Social change

 
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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.  

 
 

Why Science

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.

 


NEUROSCIENCE WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE FIELD OF PEACEBUILDING AND TRANSFORM HOW WE DESIGN INTERVENTIONS TO MEASURE IMPACT
— MELANIE GREENBERG; PRESIDENT+CEO OF THE ALLIANCE FOR PEACEBUILDING
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Approach

 
 

Research - We are generating new scientific evidence and data by launching applied research projects on a range of social challenges from combating racism, reducing Islamophobia to addressing polarization and hate speech.

Science-Informed Design - Using our unique process, which combines the hard-earned experience of our practitioners and the rigorous application of scientific process, we are designing science-informed interventions, tools, and evaluation metrics which are then applied and tested in the field.

Knowledge and Education - We are educating key audiences about the critical role brain science plays in reducing and preventing social conflict. We do this by developing new curriculum, conducting trainings, and disseminating new tools, metrics and insights to these audiences.

 
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