“The goal cannot and should not be to eliminate conflict…The challenge is not to eliminate conflict but to transform it. It is to change the way we deal with our differences-from destructive, adversarial battling to hard-headed, side-by-side problem-solving…no task is more urgent in the world today.”
Searching for positive change to our politics and society in the “political science”, “current events”, or “biographies” section of the bookstore or library? Any luck? If not, tucked away probably in the “business”, “professional improvement”, or some such other section is, “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In”.
A single book that better explains the core of what 3rd Decade Centrist is about, and our potential to change the course of our country, probably doesn’t exist.
As the book states, “Like it or not, you are a negotiator.” We all spend a significant part of our regular lives trying to get what we want and need through some form and level of negotiation. For this reason alone, “GTY” is worth the read. But if you take that opportunity with our current political and social environment also in mind, you may find a path to positive change that others seem not to recognize, or choose to ignore.
Just as we all spend a significant part of our regular lives as negotiators, trying to get what we want and need through some form and level of negotiation, 3rd Decade Centrist proposes to reform our government and discourse to operate similarly to how most of us navigate our regular lives; not only as negotiators, but as reasonable, collaborative, solutions-based negotiators.
“GTY” is a great starting point to better understand what that looks like.
Buy it. Read it. Highlight it and put it to work in your own life. Then send it off to the member of Congress of your choice and let’s get to work fixing things!