I would begin by asking you what it is you and the group want to
accomplish by practicing dialogue. What type of experience do you want to
create? In my experience, if you begin with reading, concepts and models,
you may foster a cerebral approach to dialogue. If you begin with an
exercise, some simple guidelines and the experience of "doing" dialogue,
you may foster a more personalized, here-and-now experience-based circle.
Do you want to practice dialogue as a way of building connections, opening
up thinking and communicating, and cultivating the collective creative
process, i.e., as a general improvement/change in the organization's
functioning? Or do you want to practice dialoguing about issues, problems
and new ideas, i.e., as a focused process? Do you want exploratory or
Will everyone or a selected group eventually be "required" to participate
in dialogues, if it "takes" in the organization? Then you might as well
bring them in and let any dissent be part of the meat of the dialogue.
Are there any people with dialogue experience in your area who might be
able to join your group to "hold the field" and to help practice some of
the basic skills?
I'd be glad to brainstorm more with you about your project, either
off-line or by phone. And there are several resources I'd be glad to
connect you with -- Glenna Gerard and LInda Teurffs, folks at Lotus, Jody
Regards -- Prinny Anderson
Design for Learning
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