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Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World Paperback – May 22, 2017
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“A field manual for change agents on how to build bridges across differences and move from talk to action.”
—Adam Grant, Professor of Management, The Wharton School, and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“This book is not for the fainthearted, but if you truly want to change the world, it gives us the tools and the inspiration to do so.”
—Gwen Ruta, Senior Vice President, Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
“Our country's future depends on our ability to reach beyond our echo chambers. Jay and Grant guide us through starting the conversations so crucial to our democracy.”
—Van Jones, cofounder and President, The Dream Corps; CNN contributor; and author
“We need the creativity that can be harnessed from competing perspectives to craft a thriving organization and a thriving society. This book gives people the tools to take that on.”
—John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market
“Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant single out authenticity as the key to breaking through the conversational gridlock that afflicts so many of our public and private interactions. They highlight the traps we fall into, as well as promising pathways for working our way out of them. It won't be easy, but you can use the exercises they offer to practice sidestepping the polarizing moves we make without even being aware of what we are doing.”
—Lawrence Susskind, founder of the Consensus Building Institute; Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT; and Vice Chair, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
“Whether you're hoping to shift your company, your community, or even yourself, Jay and Grant have produced an accessible and practical guide that will make you chuckle with recognition—then motivate you to get to work.”
—Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist
"In this savvy and highly practical book, Gabriel Grant and Jason Jay offer a way forward for groups that get stuck in seemingly hopeless, zero-sum conflicts. It should be required reading not only for corporate offices but also for congregations who preach unity and peace, but don't always know how best to achieve them. And in a period of real polarization and deep division in our national culture, this is a book for our time."
— The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, XXVII Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
"Conversations are the most important leverage point for leaders and change makers. Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant offer critical insights and tools that will help you craft better conversations and thus a better world."
— Otto Scharmer, Founder, Presencing Institute, and author of Theory U and Leading from The Emerging Future
Conversations about social change devolve quickly into conflict when participants don’t agree. Experienced practitioners Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant offer advocates and aspiring change agents six easy steps for opening the lines of communication when conversations get stuck.
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I've been lucky to have been able to work with Jason and Gabe through some of their earlier ideas that have built into this book. I've used these ideas, and an early draft of this book, in five undergraduate courses on environmental stewardship. The students appreciated the structure and thoughtful reflection prompts, as they considered engaging with people on topics they'd avoided, or fought over previously. For class, students wrote reflections of their process and many made comments about how the process outlined in this book helped them realize some of the biases they had when they approached conversations, and how the changes they made helped them learn more about people who they had conversations with. Students often spoke with loved ones - parents, siblings, grandparents - about political issues they disagreed on and this new approach helped them move past previous heated disagreements to a better shared understanding of each other. It made a few Thanksgiving tables much happier places to be! Students also often reflected on how these approaches helped them engage with friends and roommates about issues like recycling, composting, energy... the list goes on. If anyone is thinking about how they might integrate this book and these ideas into a learning curriculum, I'd be happy to chat more about my experience.
I'm thrilled that this book is now available and hope that you're able to use it to help guide your own path to unpack the power of conversation.
What I wished they had included (and I recognize that a book cannot do all things for all people): I would have loved to read a bit more about the caveats, for example: Would this approach to conversations also work when having a conversation in the “one-to-many”-format of classrooms or public speaking? Are there situations when this approach may reach its limits? And how do you troubleshoot – i.e., what can you do when you notice that a conversation goes awry, despite having done one’s homework? Food for thought and perhaps for another book…
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I am grateful to have it as a resource in my own attempts to have conversations that matter.