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We see 5 opportunities to address key challenges and make progress in the field.
1. Identifying & addressing knowledge gaps
Significant knowledge gaps in this area make it hard to identify solutions. A broad range of scholars are already working in this field, but there remains a need for more and coordinated research. We plan to implement a three-phase strategy to support research, focusing on understanding underlying mechanisms through integrated models and measurements, cross-cultural measurement and mapping, and foundational research informing effective and culturally relevant polarization preventative and mitigating innovations .
2. Facilitating coordination between research groups
Research in this area is conducted by disparate groups that lack fully integrated cross-coordination. We will require open science practices and work to galvanize a community of inquiry by supporting development of a research coordination network.
3. Streamlining communications between researchers & practitioners
Information flow between researchers and practitioners is restricted. We will work to strengthen a community of practice engaged with the research coordination network, with the goal of practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
4. Exploring new opportunities to increase the efficiency of the scientific research process
Research practices are held back by not following opportunities to increase efficiency. We will implement a unique review process and actively support global collaboration and learning.
5. Exploring the significance of collective behavior in the study of polarization
Exploring the broader significance of collective behavior as a broader subject that encompasses polarization could be undervalued as a research topic. Extreme polarization can be a critical obstacle to human flourishing and effective collective behavior can help us address our most critical issues. We plan to understand and pursue this relationship.
How we will focus our interests
We will not commit to any particular polarizing topic. Instead, we will strive to study how people can deal with polarization in various contexts.
We will support research projects to help us better understand the problem and possibly discover solutions. This results in less emphasis on developing or launching innovations.
We will focus on efforts that develop character virtues and strengthen our decision-making capacities. This means moving away from purely rule-based interventions or activities that restrict individual freedoms.
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