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Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future

“I believe we can change the world if we start talking to one another again.” With this simple declaration, Margaret Wheatley proposes in her 2002 book that people band together with their colleagues and friends to create the solutions for real social change, both locally and globally, that are so badly needed. Such change will not come from governments or corporations, she argues, but from the ageless process of thinking together in conversation.

Turning to One Another” encourages this process. Part I explores the power of conversation and the conditions – simplicity, personal courage, real listening, and diversity – that support it. Part II contains quotes and images to encourage the reader to pause and reflect, and to prepare for the work ahead – convening truly meaningful conversations. Part III provides twelve “conversation starters” – questions that in Wheatley’s experience have led people to share their deepest beliefs, fears, and hopes.

Meg Wheatley founded The Berkana Institute in 1992, a charitable global foundation that works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. (www.berkana.org).  The Institute has worked in dozens of countries, most of them in the Third World, and has discovered that the world is blessed with tens of thousands of courageous, life-affirming leaders.  They are young and old, in all countries, working in all types of organizations and communities.

Learn more at turningtooneanother.net.

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