Widen the Circle

Building inclusive movements

Remember the story about migrant labor activist Cesar Chavez back in chapter 1? He built his movement by talking to one person, then another person, and then another person. Inspired by that idea, this book has focused on interpersonal conversations, helping you engage people one by one, beyond “preaching to the choir” of people who agree with you.

Fundamentally, there is no shortcut. You can’t change collective conversations without changing individual conversations. As we’ll see, however, your individual conversations will train and prepare you for changing a larger conversation. Using the tools of this book, you can widen the circle of inquiry and impact.

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