We shall acknowledge first those whose hands were closest to the crafting of the Art of Convening process, and then the influencers whose heads and hearts offered wisdom, love, and support along the way.

Steve Piersanti, our editor, encouraged us early in the decade to write this book, saying we were the ones to define the territory. His patience over six years is admirable as he masterfully guided us every step of the way.

Craig first became aware of the potential of group transformation at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 26, 1963, during the civil rights March on Washington, and then honed his convening skills at the feet of his parents, Barbara and Earl Neal, during their “thinkers and drinkers” salons ...

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