Ted talks and effective communication

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Watch this TED TALK on how to disagree to compliment your NVC reading: ( non-violent communication by Marshal Rosenberg: Chapters 11, 12, 14 )

Ted talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_dare_…

Non violent communication chapter 11 to 13: https://srinathramakrishnan.files.wordpress.com/20… (this is only chapter’s summary)

book slide version : https://www.slideshare.net/hajnali3/nonviolent-com…

Next, choose two (2) talks from the following list on managing conflict, the use of force, and connecting with others through appreciation and other means, such as vulnerability. Then, summarize two (2) of the Ted Talks you chose from our list in a brief paragraph (one paragraph per talk). After completing your summary, write an analysis that draws connections/points between the talk and at least two other sources (your own research, our texts, the other talks you watched, etc). Use MLA in text citation in your paper.

Each talk should consist of a minimum of two paragraphs; one summary, one analysis. (that is a total of four paragraphs).

1. Jason Marks: In Praise of Conflict (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we’re told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

2. Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with NonViolence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how nonviolence works, she evokes historical heroes — Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests.

3. Peter van Uhm: Why I Chose a Gun (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. In this talk, he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed — and why we need armies if we want peace.

4. Robb Willer: How to Have Better Political Conversations (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.

5. Elizabeth Lesser: Say Your Truths and Seek Them in Others (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling. “You don’t have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you,” she says. “Be like a new kind of first responder … the one to take the first courageous step toward the other.”

6. Julia Galef: Why You Think You’re Right – Even if You’re Wrong (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?”

7. Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

8. Jamila Raqib: The Secret to NonViolent Resistance (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. We’re not going to end violence by telling people that it’s morally wrong, says Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution. Instead, we must find alternative ways to conduct conflict that are equally powerful and effective. Raqib promotes nonviolent resistance to people living under tyranny — and there’s a lot more to it than street protests. She shares encouraging examples of creative strategies that have led to change around the world and a message of hope for a future without armed conflict. “The greatest hope for humanity lies not in condemning violence but in making violence obsolete,” Raqib says.


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