Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010 - Social Science - 172 pages
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The two methods most frequently employed to solve our toughest social problems--either relying on violence and aggression or submitting to endless negotiation and compromise--are fundamentally flawed. This is because the seemingly contradictory drives behind these approaches--power, the desire to achieve one's purpose, and love, the urge to unite with others--are actually complementary. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put it, "Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic." But how do you combine them?

For the last twenty years Adam Kahane of Reos Partners and the University of Oxford has worked around the world on many tough and vital challenges: food security, health care, economic development, judicial reform, peacemaking, climate change. In this extraordinary book he draws on this experience to delve deeply into the dual natures of both power and love, exploring their subtle and intricate interplay. With disarming honesty Kahane relates how, through trial and error, he has learned to balance them and offers practical guidance for how others can learn that balance as well.
 

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Contents

THE TWO SIDES OF POWER
11
Generative power
12
Degenerative power
15
Love is what makes power generative
26
THE TWO SIDES OF LOVE
29
Degenerative love
38
Power is what makes love generative
50
THE DILEMMA OF POWER AND LOVE
53
Mitigating climate change in Canada
113
How to walk
121
TO LEAD MEANS TO STEP FOWARD
127
Becoming aware of both our power and our love
129
Practicing moving fluidly
134
Stepping forward
139
Notes
143
Bibliography
151

FALLING
57
How to fall
71
STUMBLING
75
Building democracy in South Africa
87
How to stumble
100
WALKING
103
Acknowledgments
155
Index
160
About Reos Partners
168
About the Author and the Artist
170
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About the author (2010)

Adam Kahane is a partner in Reos Partners, an international organisation dedicated to supporting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems, and a Visiting Practitioner at the University of Oxford and the University of Waterloo.

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