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As the old African proverb goes, “When spider webs unite, they can halt even a lion.”

No more critical challenge faces each of us, and all of us together, than how to live together in a world of differences. So much depends on our ability to handle our conflicts peacefully – our happiness at home, our performance at work, the livability of our communities, and, in this age of mass destruction, the survival of our species.

The Third Side offers a promising new way to look at the conflicts around us. The Third Side is the community – us – in action protecting our most precious interests in safety and well-being. It suggests ten practical roles any of us can play on a daily basis to stop destructive fighting in our families, at work, in our schools, and in the world. Each of our individual actions is like a single spider web, fragile perhaps but, when united with others, capable of halting the lion of war. Although the Third Side is in its infancy in our modern-day societies, it has been used effectively by simpler cultures for millennia to reduce violence and promote dialogue.

Third Side Explained

Learn more: Listen to William Ury's interview on NPR's TED Radio Hour, from December 16th, 2016.

Fresh off our Press
The elves are like Third Siders. WHILE WE WERE SLEEPING... the world thrummed along – with humanity creating technologies, building civilizations, obliterating them, killing each other, helping each other. But as Third Siders, we're sure you’re more interested in the last category of activity in which humanity partakes. While we were sleeping it was Third Siders all over the world who were active, reaching across enemy lines and building relationships; teaching fourth graders how to create world peace through a game; rapping for justice; serving as clarion calls in our dangerously corrupt societies, all the while, unbeknownst to themselves, creating Third Side literature that we could voraciously consume. READ THE REST >>
“MOSQUES DO THE OPPOSITE OF TERRORISM: THEY DIFFUSE PEACE AND DIALOGUE”… Source: AFP/Getty Images …said Mohmmed ben Mohammed, a member of the Union of the Islamic Communities in Italy, in the aftermath of the bloody attack on the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Church near Rouen, about 77 miles away from Paris. Many from the Muslim community in the Rouen region, in France, reached out in solidarity to the victims and the family of those affected. It is in times of crisis that we can distinguish our friends from our foes. It is also in times of crisis that the Third Side principles become so very crucial, that the creative people and communities automatically and unthinkingly adopt them. READ THE REST >>
Colin Kaepernick's Silent Protest. Source: AP/The EconomistThe purpose of Protest – A key tool for the Witness and Equalizer: The example of Colin Kaepernick It was a bright sunny late August day in Santa Clara California.  The stadium was packed with San Francisco 49er fans.  The pre-season game was about to begin like any other National Football League (NFL) event – with the singing of the National Anthem.  The announcer’s melodramatic voice emerged through the loud speaker,  “Would you all please rise and remove your caps for the singing of our National Anthem.” Reverberations rippled through the stadium.  All rose.  But one. READ THE REST >>
Hope was lost when talks to resolve the long standing conflict between Israel and Palestine failed in April 2014. This was the first time since President Obama’s tenure commenced, that the conflict was attempted to be directly discussed by the leadership of Israel and Palestine, in an effort to resolve their disputes and bring about peace in their nations. The long standing nature of the conflict has resulted in deeply rooted emotional hostilities as well as extreme political and societal distrust on both sides. The most logical outcome, under the circumstances, was the failure of the talks – which was what eventually happened. The demise of the talks meant political stagnation, the resumption of attacks by Palestinians, daily incursions of the Israeli army into Palestinian territories, Palestinians contending with multiple checkpoints, and Israeli families bracing themselves to sacrifice their male family members. READ THE REST >>
It was a cold winter’s night, at 3.15 am, on March 13, 1964, when Kitty Genovese, a then 28-year-old manager of a bar, was returning home to her apartment in Queens, New York. She had parked her car about 100 feet from her apartment’s door when she was approached by Winston Mosely, a business machines operator on the prowl for potential victims. Moseley ran after her, quickly overtook her and stabbed her twice in the back. Genovese screamed. Almost all neighbors had their windows closed and very few deciphered it as a cry for help.[1] One of the witnessing neighbors had shouted at the attacker to leave Genovese alone, after which Moseley ran away, leaving a heavily bleeding Genovese to slowly drag herself to the back of her apartment. But that was not the end of it for Genovese. READ THE REST >>
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