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Crossing the Divide: Inspiring social change beyond partisanship

       Interview with Mark Gerzon on Shift Network

Kosmos Live Podcast Series|Mark Gerzon in a Time of Division

Listen to Mark Gerzon's reflections on Preparing for Profound Change. This podcast series explores the shifting global landscape and offers strategies for coping with what lies ahead. Economic turmoil, climate chaos, political upheaval – these may seem like forces to fear, but in fact offer us deep opportunities for transformat

Key Books

· Lawrence Chickering & James Turner, Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life

· Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Bring Citizen Voices to the

· Ralph Nader, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

· William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating
Agreement without Giving In

· Charles Wheelan, The
Centrist Manifesto

· Linda Killian, The
Swing Vote

· Jaqueline S. Salit, Independents
Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan

· Erik Fogg & Nathaniel Greene, Wedged: How You Became a Tool of the Partisan
Political Establishment, and How to Start Thinking for Yourself Again.

· Bill Shireman, Innovation
Nation: Toward A Right-Left Alliance to Unleash America’s Creative Capacity and
Entrepreneurial Energy

· Ray LaHood, Seeking
Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics

· Jonathan Haidt, The
Righteous Mind

Other Reading

· Mark Andreas, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter

· E.J. Dionne, Our Divided Political Heart:
The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

· Mickey Edwards, The Parties versus the People:
How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

· Richard Harwood, The Work of Hope: How
Individuals and Organizations Can Authentically Do Good

· Mike Lofgren, The Party Is Over: How
Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got

· Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein, It Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional
System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

· George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History
of the New America

· Parker Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy:
The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

· Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, Nation On The Take

·Hedrick Smith, Who Stole the American Dream?

· William Ury,

·The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We Can

·The Power of a Positive No: Save the Deal,
Save the Relationship, and Still Say No

Books by Mark Gerzon

Reunited States of America

This book, as its core, is about what was made America great-and how we can restore the greatness if we seize the opportunities before us. On the Great Seal of the United States it says Our country's motto is E pluribus unum -“out of many, one"- but you'd never know it now.

Gerzon Describes how transpartisan activists all over the country-Republicans, Democrats and Independents-are finding common ground on some of the most divisive and difficult issues we face today: abortion, gun control, sex education, defense spending, prison reform, and more.

Global Citizens

Global Citizens, published by Rider Books in London, is being recognized by readers and critics around the world as the first vivid, fresh-and-blood portrait of this emerging global movement.

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Leading Through Conflict

Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities.

Author: Mark Gerzon Published by: Harvard Business School Press 2006

A House Divided

House Divided: Six Belief Systems Struggling for America's Soul

Author: Mark Gerzon Published by: Putnam's Sons 1996

Leadership is Global

Leadership is Global: Co-creating a More Humane and Sustainable World Developed by the Global Leadership Network, a network of seven dozen diverse global leadership practitioners committed to a peaceful and sustainable world discovering a common voice and shared vision. 2007