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David Gergen

“It’s important to have beliefs and judgments, but it’s also important to have an open mind about different perspectives, about alternate ways of seeing reality, and, indeed, of appreciating things that you might not understand but that might make you change your mind.”

David Richmond Gergen directs the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Over the course of his career, he served under four presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He has also worked as a journalist, including roles at U.S. News and World Report and CNN.

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