Mapping the Crisis in Gaza

As the What Should Obama Do Next? map began to address the unfolding events in Gaza last week, it was soon apparent that the immediate crisis and the wider Arab-Israeli conflict merited detailed consideration on a new map.

To this end, Independent readers and the Debategraph community have begun to seed a map on the crisis; including arguments raised by Robert Fisk and Johann Hari, and some of the questions and answers from the Twitter press conference organised last week by the Consulate General of Israel in New York.

The Gaza map (above)—which will require significant iteration and community input from a wide range of voices to reach maturity—is motivated by two medium-term objectives:

(1) to present the different worldviews that underpin the conflict fairly and succinctly on a common map.

(2) to map creatively and constructively the options open to the participants in the conflict and the international community, and the arguments for and against the different options.

This is an emotive subject, and the map is at an early stage of development; so if you see statements with which you disagree strongly or spot gaps in the arguments, please help us to address these on the map.

After logging-in, anyone can add new issues, positions and arguments, edit and restructure the map, and evaluate the different arguments; so the whole structure evolves as new perspectives are added to the map.

Hence, every aspect of the map at this stage should be regarded as mutable and provisional—with the aim being to enrich the structure iteratively and collaboratively until the map reflects a maximum of community intelligence.

As with the Obama map, you can also keep up to date with developments on the Gaza map via @TheIndyDebate on Twitter.

Cross posted at: Independent Minds


4 Responses to “Mapping the Crisis in Gaza”

  1. Debate Mapping the Gaza Crisis on January 20th, 2009 1:17 am

    […] the profile  of visual argument mapping. Their collaboration with The Independent on “Mapping the Crisis in Gaza : Open to persuasion…” has been widely covered on other […]

  2. samuelonongha on September 28th, 2009 6:29 am

    before the parties to be consulted is determined first lay down the structure of progress in thought stating suscinctly the don’ts. cardinal must be the fact that thoughts must not progress on belief lines and claims must not be made into histiric ancestry dating thousands of years to preclude ambiguity

  3. David on October 10th, 2009 4:53 pm

    Many thanks for your comment, Samuel — which I have started to reflect on the map here:

    …and you are welcome to expand on your reasoning on this point either here or on the map directly.


  4. Jamie on September 27th, 2010 4:53 pm

    Obama needs to stay out of the fray. He needs to let Israel be the sovereign country that they are. The Palestinians need to put down their weapons and act like civilized human beings. Jamie

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