TED Talks for Dispute Resolution Practitioners

The New Yorker has an article($) this month about the phenomenal success of TED Talks both live and on the Internet. Dipping into the TED talks posted online, I have identified a few that may be of interest to those involved in dispute resolution. TED does not provide any “tags” for conflict or dispute resolution, so finding relevant talks is a challenge and no doubt I’ve missed a few. I will post more as I find them. If you have a favourite, please email me at ian@mackenziedrs.com

William Ury

Author of “Getting to Yes,” offers up a familiar talk on dispute resolution, relying on his international experiences in The walk from “no” to “yes”.

Daniel Ariely

A behavioural economist, talks about how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions, in Are we in control of our own decisions?

Rory Sutherland

An advertising executive, makes the case for re-framing as a way to happiness, in Perspective is Everything.

Howard Rheingold

A writer, artist and designer, talks about collaboration in The new power of collaboration. If you can get past the loud suit, it is an interesting overview of the history of collaboration as well as a discussion of the prisoner’s dilemma.

Tali Sharot

A scientist and author, talks about the optimism bias – why it is both a good thing and a bad thing, in Optimism Bias.

Julian Treasure

A sound expert, talks about five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you, in 5 Ways to Listen Better. He uses the acronym RASA as a reminder for active listening: Receive, Appreciate, Summarize, and Ask.


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Columns published on slaw.ca

"Chapter 22: Unions and Collective Agreements", in Palmer and Snyder, Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, 4th edition, 2009 and 5th edition, 2013.

“Non-consensual expedited processes: the intersection of fairness and expediency”, Lancaster House.


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