Persuasion

OpEd: Donald Trump's candidacy should prompt South Asians to build bridges.

My opinion editorial appeared today in the San Jose Mercury news. (Online edition on Friday 8/5/16, in print on Monday 8/8/15.) I'd love to hear your thoughts, and please keep the conversation going by sharing it, commenting on the MercuryNews site, and writing a letter to the editor.

Islamophobia endangers South Asians of all religions
Donald Trump's candidacy should prompt South Asians to build bridges.
In a six-minute speech last month, a Pakistani-American delivered what many hail as the fulcrum of the presidential election. Khizr Khan's speech is perhaps the most remarkable sign of the South Asian community's steady shift toward greater visibility and political prominence in the last decade.
I grew up in the 1980s in Virginia, amid a small community of Indian Hindus. We got excited anytime we saw another South Asian at the mall, much less on the national stage.
So with the spotlight on us, how are non-Muslim South Asians responding to the heightened climate of Islamophobia? There are real stakes in this for all of us.

Read the rest here. 

The Persuasion Paradox (How winning sometimes takes letting go of winning)

To make an impact, we've got to let go of winning.

That might sound odd, especially for anyone going to protests, or working on an advocacy or electoral campaign. It might sound near impossible if you're in the heat of a contentious campaign.  

And to be clear, I’m not advocating that we as progressives stop being serious about change. We've got to keep asking ourselves the tough questions: How will our efforts make a difference? Are we making progress? How can we do better? I want change too, and these questions are essential.

And so is your capacity to lead and inspire. 

That's why I’m talking about how to more powerfully connect and persuade those around you -- to take a resonant stand -- through a practice of letting go.