The People vs. Tech

POWER cuts can have their advantages. Recently, when the electricity to my house failed for a few hours, I had a respite from being ‘plugged in’ to the digital world. …

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Turning Down the Heat

As the political temperature rises across the world, John Bell, Ivan Tyrrell and John Zada explain why they founded The Conciliators Guild, and their hopes for it. TYRRELL: We are …

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Q&A: Informal Mediation and Diplomacy

In the western world we’ve come to regard professional diplomats and mediators, often employed or supported by governments, as the main agents of international diplomacy. When these brokers fail to …

The Righteous Mind

We are without doubt living in an era of polarised thinking, marked by much bickering across social and political lines. Although the tendency for humans to sort themselves along ideological …

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The Wild Country of Cult Thinking

In April of this year Netflix released a documentary series called Wild Wild Country which chronicles the conflict in the early 1980s between a new-age sex-cult in Wasco County, Oregon, …

Q&A: Common Ground and Peace-building

Shamil Idriss is the President and CEO of Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict: away from adversarial …

Jihadi Culture

THIS book is a collection of studies about the cultural practices of jihadis and poses the important question of why these fighters spend so much time on rituals, music, films, …

The Great Attention Heist

The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) is running a piece co-written by CG founders John Zada & John Bell on Tim Wu’s book The Attention Merchants. To give and receive …