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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847942968
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $40.00

Poles Apart

Why divisions deepen and societies splinter




A roadmap to understanding why our present has become so polarised and how we can become open to changing our own minds and those of others.

Humans may violently disagree with one another, but there are ways to bring them together.

Written by three experts from the worlds of politics, business and behavioural science, this is the ideal primer for those who have ever had to negotiate or resolve a conflict. Based on interviews with leaders on both sides of the Atlantic and the latest academic research, Poles Apart explains why we are so tribal, the advantages and disadvantages of being so and what we can do to halt excessive polarisation. A brilliantly insightful – and very practical – book on a timeless subject that also happens to be very topical.

As our identities increasingly align under political labels, now is the perfect time for a reflective book that shines light on the world around us and how we can stitch back together our polarising present.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847942968
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $40.00

About the authors

Ali Goldsworthy

Ali Goldsworthy has spent over 20 years active in politics and campaigning. A former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats, she led the team that built the fastest growing campaigning organisation in the UK. In 2017 she was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford, creating its first depolarisation course and claiming numerous awards for her work. Ali has written for the Telegraph, Independent, New Statesman and Financial Times.

Laura Osborne

Laura Osborne is a professional communicator and change maker, with a background in public affairs and government communications. Currently Communications Director and a spokesperson at London First, the voice of London’s largest businesses, she was the UK Consumer Association’s first Head of Corporate Affairs, working with some of the UK’s biggest corporates to directly intervene to improve the banking, energy and telecoms markets for consumers.

Alex Chesterfield

Alex Chesterfield is a behavioural scientist with a Masters in Cognitive & Decision Science. She currently works in financial services, leading a team of psychologists to encourage consumers to make better decisions and drive ethical business cultures. For four years, she was an elected Councillor in Guildford for the Conservative Party and has personally experienced the effects of affective polarisation, both in and out of the workplace.

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