GA 2013 Program Director, JFNA


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How can we use the TED and TEDx platforms to encourage conflict solving?

I would like to encourage an open and sincere conversation on how to use both TED & TEDx's platforms to create dialog between people in conflict. I would like to suggest a web-based platform to let TEDx organizers to share events & ideas that would cross borders.

  • Mar 26 2014: Before you go for conflict resolution especially in middle east , then one thing which is most important is "THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING" about the conflict, root causes of the conflict.

    And before that have to develop your own understanding power.Because human communication language is both a tool and a weapon. Much of the information is lost while translating the thoughts,feelings,emotions into written or spoken words.It is a lossy encryption lossy compression,lossy encoding .

    So, what each person encodes and compresses into written or spoken message into words may be decompressed and decoded into a differently complete message. And this may result in spiraling of conflicts.
    • Mar 26 2014: Hello!

      I actually feel that I understand the conflict pretty much... and while I agree with you that understanding is important - I believe that the most important element is the willingness... I feel that if I would manage to get a small group of people from other countries to engage in a meaningful and sincere conversation - I would be able to do much more things... at this stage, my only REAL tool is TEDx...
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        Mar 26 2014: I expect that from where you sit you have the best idea of the prospects in your particular region. If you gathered people at a TEDx, physically or virtually, who would come? Would it be only people who are already open to discourse with people others in their community, but not they, see as their enemies? Are they the sort of charismatic people who would have prospects to change the culture around them? Or would you get people who would come to speak their truth but not to listen openly to anyone else's?

        There is an old expression about seeing someone "through rosy glasses." It refers to seeing someone with a positive bias, not noticing the negatives.

        There could be an opposite phrase of seeing someone through muddy glasses. Often when people have decided to hate, with a deeply entrenched hatred, they cannot see what is right in front of them. If they see something good, they think it is an aberration- that other people of that group are hateful. If a person presents with honesty and sincerity his culture, those deeply invested in their negative images may tell him he is simply wrong, and no amount of contrary evidence will sway them.

        Often both parties to a conflict- not the people themselves but their countrymen- have done regrettable things to each other. It takes a big heart to move beyond the atrocities of history.

        This may take a Middle Eastern Nelson Mandela. If you have a prospect, invite him or her to your event!
  • Mar 18 2014: The only platform that can encourage conflict resolution, in this conflicted world, is YOU. It's a crowdsource model. It must be MODELED. There is no other way.
  • Mar 18 2014: HI Dear Beto,I think TED and TEDx platforms keep encouraging conflict solving,personal or one and another,a country to another...just like the ad on the top of TED:ideas worth spreading.I am sure lots of people growing up everyday on TED platform,because I know I am one of them:)
  • Mar 17 2014: Probably the platform doesn't matter so much as the content. It doesn't really matter if you're discussing "conflict-solving" on TEDx or in person; just as long as the discussion is intelligent.
    • Mar 22 2014: Hi Bob,

      I agrede with you - but in today's world, there are outside obstacles to make it happen. For example, as a TEDxJerusalem organizer, I would LOVE to be able to invite people from other Middle East countries - but it's impossible... At this stage - I can't even get Palestinian participants or speakers. Makes sense??
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    Mar 17 2014: Are you including the practice of making TEDx events available for remote viewing by people at multiple TEDx sites simultaneously and then facilitating communication across those sites using Twitter or a dedicated platform?

    Or are you asking whether a TEDx event in, for example, the Middle East could be set up so that parties to conflict might hear talks together from whatever their locations are and communicate about them or the issues they raise?

    I know there are programs on Al Jazeera UK in which there are invited speakers and then listeners can participate by video bearing witness or making comment and also post responses on Twiiter, a selection of which are shared with the viewing audience.

    Are these the kinds of things you have in mind?

    Generally I think it is easier for strangers to come to trust and understand each other in face-to-face settings than via the web, particularly if online participation is anonymous.
    • Mar 17 2014: Hן Fritzie:

      Great comment - I think that the first step is to start a dialog here to see what would be the most fitting way to do this - based on the different realities in each country. I also think that by sharing talks at TEDx events from places "in conflict" could definitely bring people to realize that at the end of the day, we are all the same, and are seeking similar things. Makes sense?
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        Mar 17 2014: If I get the opportunity later today, I will dig around to see what research there is on this question of whether more sharing of perspective actually builds bridges between those who harbor intense dislikes for each other, despite lots of actual common ground.

        As the idea of such discourse is not at all new, I would be surprised not to find research on this point.
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    Apr 9 2014: well, TED already creates dialogue between people in conflict, I mean on this TED conversations portion, for example, you could see discussions between conservatives and liberals. Can you be more specific about what you mean?
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      Mar 27 2014: I don't think Beto is asking about the potential of a forum, or *this* forum, for his purpose. I think he is asking about using a TEDx event, as he is a TEDx organizer.

      I don't hear him envisioning a gathering of intellectuals or think this is one.

      I understood Beto to look for an opportunity for using his TEDx event to build connection and mutual problem solving among neighbors. TEDx is often face to face, all in a room.
  • Mar 16 2014: Would like people from all over the world (and specifically from the Middle East) to have an open conversation on how to use our events to enable dialog and conversation
    • Mar 16 2014: You have a translated copy of the Terms for each language. You use the Thumb to encourage moving forward and the Flag to discourage going backwards.