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Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change Paperback – January 4, 2010
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"Adam's Solving Tough Problems helped me understand that all of our pressing problems--be they strategic issues inside a company or societal challenges like conflict, poverty, or climate change--require that those with a stake and the power to act come together in open dialogue to create a joint diagnosis and a deep commitment to moving forward together. In Power and Love, Adam goes further and deeper, into the kind of leadership that it takes to do this."
--Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India
"It isn't either-or; it's both-and. In this deceptively brief and clearly written book, Adam Kahane takes us through his own learning process to a way of acting in and on the world that is both effective and caring. Intelligent, insightful, satisfying--and inspiring."
--Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Composing a Life and Willing to Learn
"Kahane is a master practitioner and thinker who knows the highs and lows of solving some of the toughest problems of social discord. Power and Love is both instructive and inspiring."
--Patrick Dodson, winner of the Sydney Peace Prize and Founding Chairman, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
"This book is a must-read for business leaders who are coming to recognize that to continue to thrive, business must join forces with interest groups, communities, and government to address the wicked sustainability challenges of our time. Kahane shows us how."
--Diane Osgood, Vice President, Business for Social Responsibility
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Power and Love speaks to our human evolution, although Adam doesn't necessarily use that term. It walks us through the degenerative side of modernist consciousness, where power to without love has led to power over and mass exploitation of people and destruction of the world's resources. We also explore the degenerative side of love without power, where despite its good intentions, post-modern consciousness has largely ineffectual at bringing about the morality, fairness, justice and equality we need. Power and Love speaks to an Integral approach to addressing the problems we have created using a previously one-sided approach of power OR love.
If this book falls light anywhere, it is in not providing more explicit guidance on how to bring about the balance between the two energies of Power and Love. And perhaps that is the journey we each must discover for ourselves. I see power and love at the individual level, as the work we each must undertake as part of our evolution to return to a state of wholeness. And power and love at the collective level, as the work to include a widening circle of the earth and its people in our definition of oneness, and thereby take them into our consideration and care.
Taken together, Solving Tough Problems and Power and Love makes the issues we face in our daily lives and work place seem mundane. If these critical issues can be resolved, then clearly so can we with our issues. The learning that we get from these two works gives us insight into creating new beginnings that relate to us all.