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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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How Collective Norms Can Produce or Mediate Climates of Conflict

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
A “climate of conflict” persists when conflict is so widespread and enduring that it resists change.

Recent research suggests that climates of conflict in secondary schools are perpetuated by students’ perceptions of what their peers believe to be appropriate or desirable behaviour--in other words, their perception of the school's collective norms. The best way to shift a climate of conflict is to address students’ perceptions of collective norms. This talk describes a recent strategy to map the social network of schools within one American state to understand the spread of social norms, and the capacity for a community to shift its climate.

A presentation by CIFAR Fellow Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Princeton University) at CIFAR's Building Better Lives & Communities symposium.