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William Ury: The Walk from “No” to “Yes” (Full Transcript)

So let me conclude, then, by saying that in the last 35 years, as I’ve worked in some of the most dangerous, difficult and intractable conflicts around the planet, I have yet to see one conflict that I felt could not be transformed. It’s not easy, of course. But it’s possible. It was done in South Africa. It was done in Northern Ireland.

It could be done anywhere. It simply depends on us. It depends on us taking the third side.

So let me invite you to consider taking the third side, even as a very small step. We’re about to take a break in a moment.

Just go up to someone who’s from a different culture, a different country, a different ethnicity — some difference — and engage them in a conversation. Listen to them. That’s a third-side act. That’s walking Abraham’s Path.

After a TED Talk, why not a TED Walk? So let me just leave you with three things.

One is, the secret to peace is the third side. The third side is us. Each of us, with a single step, can take the world, can bring the world a step closer to peace. There’s an old African proverb that goes: “When spiderwebs unite, they can halt even the lion.” If we’re able to unite our third-side webs of peace, we can even halt the lion of war.

Thank you very much.

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