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Tanglewood Learning InstituteThe Big IdeaDaniel Shapiro & Maya Beiser

Tanglewood Learning Institute
The Big Idea
Daniel Shapiro & Maya Beiser


Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

Explore the pursuit of peace with Daniel Shapiro, world-renowned expert on negotiation and conflict resolution, founding director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, and bestselling author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable. This keynote speech also features cellist Maya Beiser and coincides with the August 25 performances of Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Burton, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—culminating in the choral movement popularly known as the “Ode to Joy”— with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, and soloists Nicole Cabell, J’Nai Bridges, Nicholas Phan, and Morris Robinson. Composed more than 80 years apart, these two works present powerfully contrasting portraits of protest, freedom, peace, and shared humanity.

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Daniel Shapiro
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Dr. Daniel Shapiro’s life mission is to help people interact more effectively. As founding director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, he has advised everyone from leaders of war-torn countries to executives at Fortune 500 companies and family-owned businesses alike, helping countless people solve the very human problems that divide them. Drawing on these experiences and his years of research at Harvard, he has developed a wealth of practical approaches to amplify influence and leadership—in business, in government, and in life.

Dr. Shapiro has launched successful negotiations in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia, and chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution. Through non-profit funding, he developed a high-impact program on collaborative problem-solving that has reached more than one million people across more than 20 countries.

Dr. Shapiro is the author of the critically acclaimed best seller Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, providing groundbreaking methods for overcoming polarizations at work, at home, and abroad. He also coauthored the negotiation classic Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, TIME magazine, and other popular publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award and the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award.

His life’s joy is spending time with his wife and three young boys, who have proven to be his greatest teachers in how to negotiate the nonnegotiable.

Daniel Shapiro