Thirdside.org is sponsored by the Global Negotiation Project (formerly the Project on Preventing War) at Harvard University.
The Project develops and encourages the use of effective negotiation processes to reduce the risk of war. In addition, the Project is also committed to the development of negotiation theory and practice in a wide range of related areas, such as international mediation and designing dispute resolution systems to contain violence and resolve conflict.
The idea of the Third Side and the initial content of this website are drawn from The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We Can Stop. All author's profits from the sale of this book will be used for peace education.
William Ury (www.williamury.com) is the co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Global Negotiation Project. He is co-author of Getting to YES and author of Getting Past No and The Third Side:Why We Fight and How We Can Stop. He works with community, government, and business leaders around the world on transforming adversarial relationships into mutually beneficial partnerships.
Over the last two decades, he has mediated between quarrelling corporate divisions, battling unions and management, and warring ethnic groups. He was actively involved in the creation of nuclear risk reduction centers in Washington and Moscow, serving as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House. Working with former President Jimmy Carter, he co-founded the International Negotiation Network, which seeks to end civil wars around the world. Trained as an anthropologist, with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard, he has carried out his research not only at the bargaining table and in the boardroom, but also among the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the clan warriors of New Guinea.
Joshua N. Weiss is currently the Associate Director of the Global Negotiation Project at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University in 2002. Dr. Weiss has spoken and published on negotiation, mediation, and systemic approaches to dealing with conflict. In his current capacity he conducts research, consults with many different types of organizations, teaches courses on Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Management and Resolution, and practices the art and science of negotiation at the interstate, intrastate, and organizational levels.