The Little Book of Listening: Listening as a Radical Act of Love, Justice, Healing and Transformation
Launching on December 10, 2023
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The Little Book of Listening: Listening as a Radical Act of Love, Justice, Healing and Transformation is an introduction to and practical guide for listening as an emergent strategy for creating a transformed world. It presents radical listening as an essential macro-skill, one that is essential in forming right relationships with ourselves and others that are the necessary prerequisite to social change and transformation rooted in the common good. This is a collaborative book, constructed from the contributions of 32 listeners from a wide variety of backgrounds who have shared their strategies, experiences, inspiration, and hopes for a transformed world through listening justly and equitably.
Listening starts in the womb: it is the first foundational skill.
Each listening interaction holds the potential of
healing, restoration, and transformation. The work of transforming ourselves and the world by adopting a listening praxis is not flashy; it requires only two ears, courage, a willing heart, caring people, and a willingness to take the time needed to build relationships.
Transform yourself to transform the world.
The Little Book of Listening offers practical tools for readers to develop the skills to listen to themselves and others more effectively, drawing attention to the barriers and filters that so often distract us from listening and distort what we hear. Readers can find inspiration through the personal stories of how JUST listening has impacted individuals and groups and are invited to adopt these approaches themselves. The text is also a resource for educators and practitioners in the fields of justice building and peace building. In all contexts, it is imperative that we listen from a place of presence, without ego or agenda and with relentless compassion and radical humility, to ourselves and to each other. Conversations are how humans explore new ideas and reach new understandings: paradigms shift and the world is changed by the relationships we form in our open-hearted communication with each other.