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Farah Pandith TEDx Boston Talk: "Dismantle" Hate With "Counter-Narratives"

by Jeff Thompson
July 2013

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Watch this TEDx Boston event featuring peace and conflict resolution promoter, Farah Pandith. She is also the first ever US Department of State Special Representative to Muslim Communities. She talks about the global Muslim youth community, perspectives, and particularly the diversity of what it means to be Muslim.

She mentions where do you young people (young Muslims in the examples she provides) go for answers? Often, it is the Internet and it provides an opportunity for extremists to provide guidance to these young people. Special Representative concludes however hope is not lost but rather building connections through communication helps "dismantle" hate and provide a "counter-narrative." She adds some inspirational stories of how Muslim young adults are doing this across the globe.

Instead of me trying to provide any information or a recap, do yourself a favor and watch the video. Not only the content is worth listening to but Special Representative Pandith is also a worthy presenter.

Enjoy!

Want to read more about the work of Special Representation? Read this article on empathy here.

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Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor at Lipscomb University, researcher, mediator, and trainer. He is also involved in crisis and hostage negotiation as well as a law enforcement detective. His research includes law enforcement crisis and hostage negotiation in terrorist incidents. He received his doctorate from Griffith University Law School having researched the impact nonverbal communication has in conflict situations with respect to developing rapport, building trust, and displaying professionalism.

Dr. Thompson has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, (crisis and hostage) negotiation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally for a variety of audiences including police personnel, government officials, judges, attorneys, physicians, sales people, business professionals, and both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also been published in numerous professional and academic publications.

He is the co-chair of ACR's national Crisis Negotiation Section, and he is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple academic journals. He received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute, Creighton University School of Law.

(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions and not that of any organization.)



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