We assume talking politics should be as easy as making sure they have all the facts we have. So we share our facts. But when our facts don’t change their mind, we’re likely to walk away complaining that “they just won’t listen!” or “they’re duped by the fake news they watch.”
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These days you’ll find plenty of books containing advice for how to have better political conversations. What we need, though, is to learn how to apply that advice in real-life situations.
Yes, You CAN Talk Politics is a workbook for talking with people whose views are so different from yours that it’s hard not to see them as ignorant, duped or just plain crazy.
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This is the first workbook teaching the skills for talking across political differences. It contains more than 90 activities to help you master the skills that will help you rebuild friendships and move from arguing politics to finding solutions to the problems facing America today.
In February, 2016, Lisa set herself the goal of figuring out how to talk politics with her (politically opposite) cousin in a civil, respectful way. She spent months researching, reading the works of others and running experiments of her own. Eventually she discovered was that it is possible. She also discovered that applying what she was learning to her own life was really, really hard.
The one thing that kept her going was the guidance she received from her therapist, Mary, who reminded her over and over again that while the inner work required might feel difficult, all it really took was practice, and she was making progress and would get there.
Doing this work professionally, Lisa discovered while her clients appreciated the skills and techniques she teaches, they were most grateful for inspiration she provides by sharing her own journey. She want to make it possible for anyone, anywhere to learn to talk across differences. So, she’s written a second book, a memoir, sharing the ups and downs of her personal journey.
No One Was Listening lays it all outwith sometimes-embarrassing honesty: Lisa’s fears and frustrations, her ignorance and self-doubt, her shame and stubbornness. It also captures the joys of discovery and connection, and her growing confidence as she faced her fears and grappled with the challenge of talking across differences in love and politics.
While Lisa’s recent work has been nonfiction, she has always considered herself a fiction writer. She has written picture books, novels and adult short stories.
She has recently completed a Middle Grade fantasy adventure novel, Unwrapped, which she has submitted to Gollancz Press for publication. This is the first in a time-travel trilogy set alternately in Third Dynasty Egypt and modern-day San Francisco Bay Area.
Lisa has also written a cookbook celebrating four generations of her family’s love of food. It’s included here for families and friends who often ask for her recipes.