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Power and Love A Theory and Practice of Social Change

ISBN-10: 1605093041
ISBN-13: 9781605093048
Edition: 2010
Authors: Adam Kahane
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Description: War is no way to resolve our most problematic group, community, and societal issues, but neither is a peace that simply sweeps our problems under the rug. To create lasting change we have to learn to work fluidly with two distinct, fundamental  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550

War is no way to resolve our most problematic group, community, and societal issues, but neither is a peace that simply sweeps our problems under the rug. To create lasting change we have to learn to work fluidly with two distinct, fundamental drives that are in tension: power--the single-minded desire to achieve one's solitary purpose; and love--the drive towards unity. They are seemingly contradictory but in fact complimentary. As Martin Luther King put it, "Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic." Using revealing stories from complex situations he has been involved in all over the world--the Middle East, South Africa, Europe, India, Guatemala, the Philippines, Australia, Canada and the United States--Kahane reveals how to dynamically balance these two forces. Just as when we are toddlers we learn to shift from one foot to the other to move ourselves forward, so we can learn to shift back and forth between power and love in order to move society forward.

Preface
Introduction: Beyond War and Peace
Two fundamental drives
Our full world
Two pitfalls
An imperative
The Two Sides of Power
Generative power
Degenerative power
Love is what makes power generative
The Two Sides of Love
Generative love
Degenerative love
Power is what makes love generative
The Dilemma of Power and Love
Falling
Improving child nutrition in India
How to fall
Stumbling
Bridging divides in Israel
Building democracy in South Africa
How to stumble
Walking
Growing sustainable food in Europe and the Americas
Mitigating climate change in Canada
How to walk
Conclusion: To Lead Means to Step Forward
Becoming aware of both our power and our love
Balancing ourselves
Practicing moving fluidly
Stepping forward
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
About Reos Partners
About the Author and the Artist

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