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Negotiation Expert William Ury on Why Conflict Is Good For Us

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William Ury is a negotiator and mediator. His memoir is "Possible: How We Survive (and Thrive) in an Age of Conflict." (Photos courtesy of William Ury.)

For many of us, conflict is something to be avoided, but according to longtime negotiation and mediation expert William Ury, we actually need more conflict in our lives. In a new memoir called Possible: How We Survive (and Thrive) in an Age of Conflict, Ury says conflict can “produce better ideas and, ultimately, better relationships.” We talk to Ury, who’s also the author of the bestselling book Getting to Yes, about his nearly 50-year career as a negotiator in conflicts around the globe. And we’ll learn how to apply his conflict resolution strategies to our everyday lives.


William Ury, negotiator and mediator; co-founder, Harvard Program on Negotiation


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