Many thanks to Erik Curren for his thoughtful review of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up by James Hoggan on Curren’s site Transition Voice.
Curren notes the book “sounds like it was written just for the 2016 US presidential race” and it says “a lot about the polarization in American politics that has grown over the last forty years and made this year’s presidential race both incredibly nasty and totally absurd.”
Hoggan interviewed more than 60 leading thinkers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Peter Senge, and the Dalai Lama for the book, as Curren says, “all famous smart people who obviously have lots to say about how angry people can get along with each other better in politics.”
In his review, Curren highlights the work of Adam Kahane, using power and love for social change. “…perhaps my favorite chapter comes from a peacemaker I hadn’t heard of before. During a stint with the oil company Shell, Canadian facilitator Adam Kahane learned the art of scenario planning. He then took this brand of practical storytelling on the road as a consultant to help people in more than 50 countries stop yelling at each other and start working together.”
It’s a fascinating read, see more here.
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