18 Dec 2009

Listening saves lives

Posted by paulandrew

Here is a very powerful story about listening, featured in the New York Times. It’s about a retired Japanese policeman who organized a group of people to help prevent suicides at the site of famous sea cliffs in Japan. The main tool that they use? Listening.

I’m convinced that there is great untapped power in the social networks, the friendships, the families in the world to support one another. They just need to know how.

Read the full story in the New York Times–interesting to note the resistance that this guy is facing in some quarters to his efforts. He doesn’t seem intimated, though.

And by the way, if anybody in Japan is interested, we do offer Supportive Listening workshops in Japanese.

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