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Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time

The 342-page book, Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time, by Mary Gelinas, was published September 2016. In the book, Gelinas explains and guides you and your community in eight practices that are essential to creating effective dialogue and deliberation. Use it as a guidebook or training manual to enhance your own skills as you work with groups to address the issues they care about.

From the book… 

We create the present and future in our meetings and conversations every day. What can we do to increase the likelihood that we’re creating a future that we all want? We can start by talking more constructively and productively about what matters to us all.

After decades of advising groups in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, process design and facilitation expert Mary V. Gelinas has integrated her best knowledge of brain and behavioral sciences, mindful awareness, and effective process to create Talk Matters! Her eight essential practices offer us ways to avoid getting hijacked by our survival instincts, engage with people who differ from us, and open ourselves, our businesses, and our communities to real, lasting change. As she explains, good process can help us work better together to do good things for the world.

In this highly readable and accessible book, Gelinas uses real-world examples to illustrate the practices that can help you start achieving life-serving results in your interactions as a leader, participant, or facilitator today.

What NCDD colleagues and friends say about the book:

“Talk Matters! is an invaluable contribution to public engagement practices. It provides us with the process savvy to increase our ability to work together across partisan, ethnic, and other divides to address today’s toughest problems. Gelinas’ work gives us the essential individual and collective keys to being more effective participants in and leaders of our democratic processes.”
—Sandy Heierbacher, Founder and Executive Director of NCDD

“Gelinas provides a deeply optimistic and pragmatic perspective for dealing with the complex challenges of our time. If you are seeking a practical source of hope and guidance to make a difference, this book is for you. Whether at home, in community, or at work, be prepared to be energize and equipped to lead the way in facing intractable challenges.”
–Peggy Holman, NCDD member and author of Engaging Emergence

From the Foreword by Pete N. Peterson, Dean, Pepperdine School of Public Policy:

“What excites me about Mary Gelinas’ work is that for the first time, the connection is made between how we engage one another and why it’s not working…This book could not come at a more important time. The scale and scope of our public policy challenges—from the local to the national—has never been greater…What Mary Gelinas has given us with Talk Matters! is a book to prepare public leaders for the 21st century. For this, we as citizens and leaders, should all be thankful.”

To find out more and/or to order a copy, go to http://gelinasjames.com/

You can also find this book available for purchase from Amazon here, and remember Amazon will donation a portion of AmazonSmile purchases to “The National Coalition For Dialogue & Deliberation Inc”. Learn more about NCDD on AmazonSmile here: 

About Mary Gelinas
Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D., has been working as an educator, consultant, process designer, and facilitator for forty years. She is a managing director of Gelinas James, Inc., and co-director of the Cascadia Center for Leadership. With her partner Roger James, she has developed pioneering and transformative approaches to leading, creating change, planning, and solving complex problems. She lives in Arcata, California.

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