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Submit Your "Juicy" Questions for Conversation Week 2008

Conversation Cafe logoNCDD members Susan Partnow and Vicki Robin at Conversation Cafe are spearheading the 2nd annual Conversation Week, which is coming up March 24th through 30th. They would love some input from the NCDD community on what you think are the juiciest questions-of-the-moment…

Here is the message from Susan and Vicki to the NCDD Community:

We need your help. Would you take a few minutes now to submit your best, most perplexing and juicy questions for possible use during Conversation Week?

You will probably be among my most provocative and stimulating helpers in the search for the most important questions in the world today, questions we will use during the Conversation Week dialogues at the end of March. Questions are due by February 12 and will then be winnowed to the top ten by a global survey process. If you want to skip the rest of this explanation and simply go to the page where you can submit your 1-3 suggestions for CW questions, go to: http://conversationcafe.org/.surveydocs/Create_the_Conversation_Week_Question.html

Dana Meadows famously offered a hierarchy of places to intervene in a system. All of them are important, but the first 8 were adaptive tweaks while the final 4 were transformational – stepping outside the system to observe and wonder about it. Citizen dialogue at its best is transformational. It seeks to awaken people to the structures, goals and mindsets out of which arise our daily struggles to make our personal and collective lives more sustainable. The effect of such dialogue is unpredictable because they don’t produce any sustained shared activities. Participants return to their lives, bringing their new insights and increased will to make change. They also bring with them an experience of how inquiry, respect and open-mindedness produces better conversational results than assertion, reactivity and certainty you’re right.

Key to quality dialogue that can make a difference is a good process and a good question.

Conversation Week is Conversation Cafe’s an annual global dialogue about questions that matter most. Small hosted groups, using the CC process, meet during that week face to face (and this year online too thanks to our partner Global Mindshift) to consider one of the 10 selected questions – and report their findings via a website. It’s a chance to hear ourselves think together globally.

Please go to http://conversationcafe.org/.surveydocs/Create_the_Conversation_Week_Question.html and and write your questions on the form on that page. While you might be tempted to just hit reply and give me your questions, we are hoping to get many submissions from around the world and using the website to offer your questions will really help our wee team of 2 to sift through for the most elegant, exquisite ones.

with love and gratitude,
Vicki Robin & Susan Partnow

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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