The Mandala Projects is a blend of new technologies and new research on critical issues of our time. The mandala is an Indian concept and word for the wheel of life that connects and brings together differing parts of the human experience. Here the wheel has three spokes: international trade, environmental issues, and conflict.
The core representational projects are the Trade Environment Database (TED), The Inventory of Conflict and Environment (ICE), and the Global Classroom. TED and ICE are sets of categorical case studies meant to spur research in these areas. The Global Classroom is a vehicle for delivering classes through the web. In class, students create TED and ICE cases. Classes from around the world have participated.