Our free Community Conversation Guide by seasoned social entrepreneur Jennifer Gurecki (Co-Founder/CEO, Coalition Snow, and Founder, Zawadisha) is your workbook for transforming The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur into real-time, engaging and inspiring discussion. And, for digging deeper into the ideas, questions and challenges raised by the book.
Whether you are a student organization, a book club, an impact hub, a college course or a group of friends, the Community Conversation Guide will make your conversations more enriching (oh, the irony of a free Guide enriching you). This is a curation of Jonathan’s most salient points, distilled down to bite-size chunks. This Guide is about building a network of friends around discussions that get your heart pumping.
"This is awesome! Love all the highlights and suggested questions. It’s super engaging. Wonderfully useful. Makes me want to start a book group!" -- Jorian Wilkins, COO, Opportunity Collaboration.
To make the most of this Guide, some of the book's tough love about listenership:
"Listenership is form of leadership. When I listen, I create space for others to step in and join the solution-creation process. The very act of listening confirms my leadership commitment to support a collective and participatory process.
When I listen, the ‘entrepreneurial sparks’ fly, inventing and reinventing my ideas. Listening sharpens the tools I need for my social justice career. Listening makes me better than I was yesterday. Listening means vulnerability to new ideas, new ways of thinking; it means realizing that I might be wrong-headed, or headed in the wrong direction.
Assumptions and presumptions sit in every chair at every meeting. We are representations, symbols, totems of what others think they know about us before they know us better. Triaging ideas or ideologies, proposals or people, before they are fully understood is – for the changemaker – a dereliction of duty.
No instrument in the symphony plays for the entire concert. When in full-listening mode, people can be discomfited by silences. In those moments, they often feel compelled to say something; to share information; to reveal more of themselves. When they do, be all ears."