Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World

  • 4h 26m 57s
  • Gabriel Grant, Jason Jay
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2017

Think about the last time you tried to talk with someone who didn't already agree with you about issues that matter most. How well did it go?

These conversations are vital, but too often get stuck. They become contentious or we avoid them because we fear they might. What if, in these difficult conversations, we could stay true to ourselves while enriching relationships and creating powerful pathways forward? What if our divergent values provided healthy fuel for dialogue and innovation instead of gridlock and polarization? Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant invite us into a spirit of serious play, laughing at ourselves while moving from self-reflection to action. Using enlightening exercises and rich examples, Breaking through Gridlock helps us become aware of the role we unwittingly play in getting conversations stuck. It empowers us to share what really matters – with anyone, anywhere – so that together we can create positive change in our families, organizations, communities, and society.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1: How We Get Stuck: Breakdowns in Conversation
  • Chapter 2: (In)Authenticity: The key to Getting Unstuck
  • Chapter 3: Know What You Bring: The Hidden Baggage of Conversations
  • Chapter 4: Locate the Bait: What we Gain when Conversations Lose
  • Chapter 5: Dare to Share: Moving Past the Talking Points
  • Chapter 6: Start Talking: Bringing Conversations Back to Life
  • Chapter 7: Embrace the Tension: How our Differences can Make a Difference
  • Chapter 8: Widen the Circle: Building Inclusive Movements