Introduction

How to use this book

This is a book for you and for your work in the world. It is a field guide and workbook, with a series of exercises that thread through the chapters. It asks you to do some hard work that requires reflection and vulnerability. If you stick with it, your work with the book will help you communicate powerfully with anyone about what’s most important to you. It will help you harness the power of conversation to transform polarization and gridlock into creative outcomes and stronger relationships.

In the chapters that follow, we will challenge your notions of advocacy, leadership, and authenticity. We will invite you to examine your own conversations, your own moments of getting stuck, and the common pitfalls we ...

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