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Adam Kahane on “Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust”

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

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Speaker Series

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Date: Monday December 04, 2017 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Adam Kahane, Director, Reos Partners; Author of 4 Books
Topic: “Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust” (Berrett-Koehler, 2017)
Venue: Fleck Atrium (Ground floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Toronto, ON
Location: Toronto
Cost: $22.21 plus HST per person (includes 1 paperback copy of "Collaborating with the Enemy" and 1 seat for the talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to work with people we don't agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change and on everyday issues in organizations and families. He has learned that our conventional understanding of collaboration—that it requires a harmonious team that agrees on where it's going, how it's going to get there, and who needs to do what—is wrong. Instead, we need a new approach to collaboration that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine cocreation—which is exactly what Kahane provides in this groundbreaking and timely book.

BIOGRAPHY: Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. Adam is the author of "Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities", "Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change" "Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future" and "Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree With or Like or Trust". During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He has held strategy and research positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), the Institute for Energy Economics (Tokyo), and the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape. Adam has a B.Sc. in Physics (First Class Honors) from McGill University, an M.A. in Energy and Resource Economics from the University of California, and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.

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