Listening for Well-Being : Conversations with People Not Like Us [Hardcover] Arun Maira and Foreword By His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Arun Maira is the Chairman of HelpAge International and Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh. A Member of India’s Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014, he had worked for twenty-five years in the Tata Group at top-level positions and was the Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group in India.Maira is the author of the bestselling books Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying: Reforming Institutions and An Upstart in Government: Journeys of Change and Learning.
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Arun’s insights…provide a unique perspective on collaborative solutions to address humanity’s greatest challenges. —Ratan TataWalls have risen between nations and people of different faiths and cultures. There is increasing violence against people whom we do not approve—physical in the real world and verbal online. We are unwilling to give people the dignity that they deserve when they are different. We are losing our ability to listen to people who are not like us even within the boundaries of our nations. The idea of democracy is in peril. Meanwhile, global problems—climate change, depletion of shared resources, persistent poverty and increasing inequalities—cry out for more urgent solutions.Listening is a simple idea. Everyone—rich or poor, powerful or weak, educated or uneducated—can listen to each other. In Listening for Well-Being, Arun Maira shows us ways to use the power of listening. He analyses the causes for the decline in listening and proposes solutions to increase its depth in private and public discourse. Drawing from his extensive experience as a leading strategist, Maira emphasizes that by listening deeply, especially to people who are not like us, we can create a more inclusive, just, harmonious and sustainable world for everyone.
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