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From the Ted Talk by William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

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Let me give you just a story, an example. About 20 years ago, I was in _____ Africa, working with the parties in that conflict, and I had an _____ month, so I spent some time ______ with several groups of San _______. I was curious about them, about the way in which they resolve conflict. Because, after all, within living memory, they were hunters and gatherers, living pretty much like our _________ _____ for maybe 99 percent of the human story. And all the men have these poison arrows that they use for _______ — absolutely fatal. So how do they deal with their differences? Well, what I learned is, whenever _______ rise in those ___________, someone goes and hides the poison arrows out in the bush, and then everyone sits around in a circle like this, and they sit and they talk and they talk. It may take two days, three days, four days, but they don't rest until they find a resolution or better yet — a reconciliation. And if tempers are still too high, then they send someone off to visit some relatives, as a cooling-off period.

Solution

  1. ancestors
  2. south
  3. lived
  4. communities
  5. hunting
  6. tempers
  7. bushmen
  8. extra
  9. living

Original Text

Let me give you just a story, an example. About 20 years ago, I was in South Africa, working with the parties in that conflict, and I had an extra month, so I spent some time living with several groups of San Bushmen. I was curious about them, about the way in which they resolve conflict. Because, after all, within living memory, they were hunters and gatherers, living pretty much like our ancestors lived for maybe 99 percent of the human story. And all the men have these poison arrows that they use for hunting — absolutely fatal. So how do they deal with their differences? Well, what I learned is, whenever tempers rise in those communities, someone goes and hides the poison arrows out in the bush, and then everyone sits around in a circle like this, and they sit and they talk and they talk. It may take two days, three days, four days, but they don't rest until they find a resolution or better yet — a reconciliation. And if tempers are still too high, then they send someone off to visit some relatives, as a cooling-off period.

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