I love it when different parts of my life intersect. It’s like a double helping of goodness.
Those of you who have been with me on this journey for awhile know that I am passionate about helping people to create the lives, the teams and the organizations they want — and to become who they want to become. That’s why I write books, and that’s why I’m building Proteus with all my colleagues.
Many of you also know — especially if you read this blog or follow my twitter feed — that I am passionate about helping the US have a future where everyone is supported to be able to build safe, healthy, prosperous lives for themselves and their children.
Change in America — ZevShalev’s Narativ
Recently I had the chance to bring those two passions together. My friend Zev Shalev, a hugely talented and thoughtful veteran media professional, has an online show called Narativ. He had read my new book, Change From the Inside Out, and asked if I would be on his show to talk about applying some of the ideas from the book to the topic of healing polarization in the the US.
We had an amazing conversation; we talked about letting go of our fear and hatred of those with deeply different perspectives than our own by shifting our mindset to be neutral and curious — the best way to approach any change.
Many of Zev’s listeners (we were taking comments the whole time we talked), agreed and supported the idea of more dialogue across the political spectrum, with people on both sides open to having their minds changed. Some, ironically, simply shared their belief that everyone on the other side is evil and stupid, and that a dialogue isn’t possible.
The Bottom Line
My point of view: there are evil, stupid people on both sides of every important political question. But most people are well-intended, and think that their approach is best for the country. And we need to have more open, curious conversations with people who see things very differently than we do, or our national situation will continue to deteriorate.