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Adam Kahane explains how to collaborate with the enemy at SFU RADIUS lecture

October 12, 2017
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By Ian Bryce

The expression ‘sitting on the fence’ may become obsolete as more people are becoming entrenched in their political beliefs. A recent Pew Research Centre poll indicates that partisanship and polarization between political parties in the United States has increased dramatically since 1994.

But renowned negotiator Adam Kahane has a framework on how to bridge the divide between groups and make progress on tough problems collaboratively.

On October 12th, RADIUS SFUSFU Innovates and the Beedie School of Business host renowned negotiator Adam Kahane for a keynote address and question and answer session at the Fletcher Theatre at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver Harbour Centre campus.

Kahane will give a lecture based on his latest book, Collaborating with the Enemy, published in June 2017.  “Often, to get something done that really matters to us,” he says, “we need to work with people we don’t agree with or like or trust.”

Kahane says that the 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. He argues for a new approach to collaboration that embraces discord, experimentation, and genuine co-creation.

No stranger to hostile situations, Kahane has extensive experience negotiating peace agreements—working in Guatemala after the 1996 peace treaty, South Africa in 1991-92 (before the end of Apartheid) and South Sudan after cessation (in 2011).

Tickets to the lecture are $20 and available here.