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A Special Faith in Action Conversation with Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, which, if you have heard of none of his other books, you’ve likely heard of that one. His collected works have sold over 47 million copies and have been translated into 45 languages and if you’ve only read Morrie, you owe it to yourself to pick up his others. Check out Have a Little Faith or The Stranger in The Lifeboat to get started.

This week, we present a special live conversation between Albom and Carrie Fox, recorded November 2022, on the heels of the book’s 25th anniversary. We’ve been talking about the power of communications to make change this season, and this week, we invite you to think in terms of simplicity. To wit: “[In Morrie] people substitute themselves into the story. They’re me, or they’re Morrie, or their person is Morrie. If I had a nickel for every time someone would stop me and take out a wallet and say, ‘let me show you my Morrie’, and they would take out a picture. A teacher, a parent, a grandparent, or something like that. I think there’s a universality to it, and that’s why it’s been picked up around the world the way it has.”

This is one of Albom’s true gifts: to tell stories so deeply personal, so easy to project ourselves into, that we can’t help but see ourselves in them. And once we’re able to see ourselves in a story, or a pitch, or a release, we capture a spark of empathy to light the flame of change.

We’re thrilled to be able to share this conversation with you here. Our great thanks to Mitch Albom and Grace United Methodist Church for allowing us to share in the experience.

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This season, we are taking you on a journey to meet ten people influencing and shaping how we communicate at scale for social change. From advertising executives to coalition directors, news editors, campaign managers, and authors, they’re all people who are shaping and challenging the deep power of communication. If you’re working to become a more inclusive and thoughtful communicator, there’s nothing holding you back—except you.
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