Yesterday I attended an excellent full-day leadership training session in Salt Lake City sponsored by the Sutherland Institute and presented by Jim Ferrell of the Arbinger Institute. Several state legislators and prominent community leaders also attended the workshop. As I see it, the goal was to help people with different opinions to learn how to see each other (even their opponents) as people, not as objects, so that civil dialogue can take place and lasting solutions can be found.
The Arbinger Institute bases its work on philosophy professor Terry Warner, whose work I have admired for nearly 20 years. My mother first introduced me to his work, and my wife (then fiance) and I took a marriage preparation class based on these teachings in 1987. I strongly recommend Leadership and Self-Deception as well as other works by Terry Warner and the Arbinger Institute.