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Dialogue Mapping Workshop Coming Up in Washington, DC

This July 19-20, 2006 Dr. Jeff Conklin will hold a workshop on Dialogue Mapping in Washington DC. This facilitation technique gets away from herding the group through a series of steps, focusing the participants instead on listening carefully, speaking clearly, and learning together about the issues and concerns they bring to the table. The facilitator/dialogue mapper engages the group with a map of their comments that he or she builds on the fly. The map is a shared display — paper taped to the wall or software projected on a screen. The “secret sauce” of dialogue mapping is the use of the Issue Based Information System (IBIS) notation: Questions, Ideas, and Pros/Cons. The IBIS framework frees the group from tyranny of agreement. Conflicting information and points of view reside next to each other in the map, reflecting the diversity of the stakeholders and the complexity of a wicked problem. Cost is $995, with significant discounts for groups of 2 or more colleagues. For more information: Email jeff@cognexus.org or see http://cognexus.org for more information and to register.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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