I'm Right and You’re an Idiot by James Hoggan
The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up

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Synopsis

The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda, and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems.

In I'm Right and You're an Idiot, author and David Suzuki Foundation chair James Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalayas to the House of Lords. Drawing on the wisdom of such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, and the Dalai Lama, his comprehensive analysis explores:

How trust is undermined and misinformation thrives in today's public dialogue Why facts alone fail – the manipulation of language and the silencing of dissent The importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to create compelling narratives and spur action.

Our species' greatest survival strategy has always been foresight and the ability to leverage our intelligence to overcome adversity. For too long now this capacity has been threatened by the sorry state of our public discourse. Focusing on proven techniques to foster more powerful and effective communication, this book will appeal to readers looking for both deep insights and practical advice.

James Hoggan is president of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates, chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board, and founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog. He is author of Climate Cover-Up and Do the Right Thing.

 

About James Hoggan

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Beginning with his first press conference in 1972, JAMES HOGGAN founded and built Hoggan & Associates into one of the most successful public relations firms in Canada.. A law school graduate with a long-standing interest in social justice, Jim is also a leading authority on public perceptions about the environment, climate change and sustainability. He is Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation (one of Canada's most influential environmental organizations), a trustee of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education and co-founder of the climate change DeSmogBlog.com. RICHARD LITTLEMORE spent 20 years as a writer and editor in some of Canada's most influential newspapers (the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun) before striking off for a freelance career as an award-winning magazine writer, consultant and as speechwriter for some of the West Coast's most senior business and academic leaders. He has been associated with the Hoggan organization for more than a decade.
 
Published May 2, 2016 by New Society Publishers. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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