Dare to confront!

How do you react in the face of conflict? Some people are brilliant in the art of verbal exchange…are you one of them?

From a very young age, Zachary Wood grasped the power of understanding and diversity. He came from an underprivileged background and faced numerous obstacles in his search for a better education. His passion for reading started early, and he devoted all of his time and energy to studying: not to be the smartest but to be the best at debate. He believes current education systems teach fear of the other; and yet, knowledge and understanding can be gained only when we leave our comfort zones and engage with what is unfamiliar to us.

For Wood, this is the origin and the context for growth. In Uncensored, Wood demonstrates the importance of learning to listen and exhange with people with whom we know we disagree. The goal is not to decide who is right or wrong, or who is more powerful, but to identify the causes and reasons for diverging opinions that sometimes transform into conflict. Here’s what I think: communicating allows us to be more creative and productive, and if letting people who spread odious ideas express themselves seems unthinkable, or even dangerous, it’s even more frustrating to stay silent and endure the insidious spread of such ideas without even trying to confront them. La diversité est une richesse…êtes-vous prêt à relever le défi ?

Learn more: Uncensored by Zachary R.Wood (Penguin Random House, June 2018)