Welcome to the Third Side Website!

We are currently translating the site into Portuguese; it will be here soon!

No more critical challenge faces each of us, and all of us together, than how to live together in a world of differences. So much depends on our ability to handle our conflicts peacefully - our happiness at home, our performance at work, the livability of our communities, and, in this age of mass destruction, the survival of our species.

The Third Side offers a promising new way to look at the conflicts around us. The Third Side is the community - us - in action protecting our most precious interests in safety and well-being. It suggests ten practical roles any of us can play on a daily basis to stop destructive fighting in our families, at work, in our schools, and in the world. Each of our individual actions is like a single spider web, fragile perhaps but, when united with others, capable of halting the lion of war. Although the Third Side is in its infancy in our modern-day societies, it has been used effectively by simpler cultures for millennia to reduce violence and promote dialogue.

What is the Third Side?
Find out what it means to take the Third Side and who are the thirdsiders in any conflict.

Third Side Roles Everyone Plays
Discover the 10 roles that thirdsiders can play to help transform any conflict. Here you will find the descriptions for each role, actions often taken by the roles and resources to support each of them.

3S Toolbox
Find tools that can help you teach and educate yourself and others on the Third Side; disseminate and share Thirdside information; and assess and work conflicts you are interested in looking at.

Share 3S Stories
Find and share stories about the Third Side. Stories are a powerful way to understand the roles thirdsiders play in transforming conflicts.


As the old African proverb goes,
"When spider webs unite, they can halt even a lion."