Anyways, TED’s an annual conference designed to bring the best thinkers together from the entire world to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. These folks are encouraged to speak with the other TED attendees for 18 minutes. Then the TED Prize is awarded to three individuals as a way to grant their “one wish to change the world”. You can check out their videos on the TED site to see some of the speeches that have been given over the years. Pretty awesome.
Victoria Pynchon, author of the Settle It Now Negotiation Blog put pen to paper today to ask why there isn’t a LegalTED – a conference focused on finding new and innovative ways to not only resolve disputes, but also prevent them from happening. I commented to her that I’d had the same idea for awhile now, but I simply didn’t know how to express it the way she did.
If you’re reading my blog, chances are that you spend a significant portion of your day trying to resolve disputes (real or perceived). You waste time on repetition of the same tasks over and over (between different parties, sure, but the same task nonetheless)… and you fight many of the same battles in seemingly endless succession. Isn’t it time to find a better way to get the job done?
Head on over to Victoria’s site and contact her through the comments to let her know if you’re interested in helping out. It’s gonna’ take some work to get this off the ground – not the least of which is trying to get TED interested in allowing us to piggy back off their success (so if anyone knows the folks at TED and can connect us, that would be great).
I look forward to working with you on finding new ways to solve our old (and tired) problems!