Creative Solutions to Crises—Through Play (The Huffington Post)


“Overwhelming conflicts in Gaza, Syria, and with ISIS seem to point to ever-more violent solutions to violent problems,” writes Mary Flanagan in a Huffington Post blog. “But there are many other ways to settle conflicts.”

More-creative, unusual strategies are needed to face the world’s most complex issues, says Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities. “Old ways of fetishizing power, such as nationalism and winner-takes-all, need to be replaced with new models in which complicated people in global, complex societies can not only get along but prosper. It’s not impossible. We need resilient communities that not only survive, but thrive.”

Flanagan is a professor of film and media studies and director of the Tiltfactor Laboratory.

Read the full opinion piece, published 10/16/14 by The Huffington Post.

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