At MUNPlanet we believe in learning by doing and interactive resources that facilitate exchange, tolerance and improvement. We asked Nikola Mladenovic about the best aspects of MUNs and TEDx and he kindly recommended his top 5 videos on TED.com which provide outstanding insights on politics and international relations. Enjoy some interesting facts and the eloquence of TEDx speakers.
1) Julia Bacha: Pay attention to nonviolence
“Violent resistance and nonviolent resistance share one very important thing in common: They are both a form of theater seeking an audience to their cause.” Do we in fact encourage violence by giving it too much attention? The international community and world leaders need to give more attention to the nonviolent movements if they wish to discourage violence and resolve conflicts peacefully.
2) David Logan: Tribal leadership
All of us form tribes and the success of humanity depends on its tribes. David Logan teaches us about tribal leadership, which is applicable in many areas of life, including international relations.“People who build world-changing tribes extend the reach of their tribes by connecting people who don’t know each other to something greater than themselves.”
3) Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar
Become a better diplomat and negotiator by learning how to spot a lie. Pamela Meyer explains how to understand others better and avoid deception.
4) Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts
Stefan Wolff takes out valuable lessons from the ethnic conflicts and civil wars that the world has encountered in the recent past. He identifies leadership, diplomacy and institutional design as the most important things necessary for decreasing the number of ethnic conflicts and reducing the suffering they inflict. Most importantly, he explains how all of us can contribute in order to make peace and make it last.
5) Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?
Even though the world is becoming increasingly globalized, strong cultural stereotypes and misunderstandings still exist. However, there cannot be successful diplomacy without true understanding of cultural differences and cultural specificities. Maz Jobrani presents comical situations that arise from stereotypes but conveys an important message- that all of us need to put more effort to try and learn more about each other.
MUNPLanet fans, what are your favourite talks of world leaders (not necessarily about politics)? Do you like and use TED videos? Why or why not?