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News from SFU's Centre For Dialogue

Two pieces of news from SFU’s Centre for Dialogue: first, Imagine BC’s 2006 Bowen Dialogue Consensus Statement is now available. This statement is the result of discussions among sixteen distinguished delegates from various disciplines and sectors on this year’s theme, Learning and Culture with a focus on the future of education. To view the pdf and more visit www.imaginebc.ca, and watch out for the Imagine BC Public Dialogue on March 30, 2007.

Second, spaces are still available for Leah Green’s dialogue and workshop on Compassionate Listening at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue on Monday February 5, 2007 from 7 to 9 pm and Tuesday February 6 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Leah Green is founder and director of The Compassionate Listening Project. She is internationally recognized as a leader in Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation, having led 16 citizen delegations to Jordan, Israel/Palestine, and Syria/Lebanon. She has produced three documentaries about the conflict and now teaches worldwide in public, private and academic settings.
Compassionate Listening is a skill for peacemaking in our families, communities, on the job, and in social change work, requiring non-adversarial questions and non-judgmental listening. Compassionate Listening can cut through barriers of defense and mistrust, enabling both those listened to and those listening to hear what they think, to change their opinions, and to make more informed decisions. Through this process, fear can be reduced, and participants will be better equipped to discern how to proceed with effective action. This is a unique opportunity to dialogue with Leah Green about her work. For more information and to inquire about our group, student and non-profit rates, contact dialogue-info@sfu.ca, 604.268.7925 or www.sfu.ca/dialogue/current.htm#h.

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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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