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CHAPTER 11Invitation

The first of the six conversations that create an accountable and hospitable community is invitation. Once the invitation conversation takes place, we follow with the conversations of possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment, and gifts.

Invitation is the means through which hospitality is created. Invitation counters the conventional belief that change requires mandate or persuasion. Invitation honors the importance of choice, the necessary condition for accountability. We begin with the question of whom do we want in the room. For starters, we want people who are not used to being together. Then we include the six elements of a powerful invitation: naming the possibility about which we are convening, being clear about ...

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