February 1, 2009
I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, honest, human conversation. Not meditation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings. Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we listen well. This is how great changes begin, when people begin talking to each other about their experiences, hopes, and fears.
What would it feel like to be listening to each other again about our yearnings, our fears, our prayers, our children?
I wrote this book to encourage and support you to begin conversations about things that are important to you. It has no other purpose. I invite you to notice what’s going on, to clarify your thoughts and experience, and to begin speaking with those around you. I hope you’ll join the conversation.
Margaret Wheatley speaks, rights, and consults around the world about new ways to organize, where people are valued as the blessing, not the problem. She has worked for 30 years in organizations and communities of all types, on most continents. Her work appears in two award-winning books, Leadership and the New Science and A Simpler Way, as well as many articles and videos. See www.margaretwheatley.com.