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Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future

“I believe we can change the world if we start talking to one another again.” With this simple declaration, Margaret Wheatley proposes in her 2002 book that people band together with their colleagues and friends to create the solutions for real social change, both locally and globally, that are so badly needed. Such change will not come from governments or corporations, she argues, but from the ageless process of thinking together in conversation. “Turning to One Another” encourages this process. Part I explores the power […] (continue)

On Dialogue

David Bohm was one of the greatest physicists and foremost thinkers of this century. This revised and expanded edition is the most comprehensive documentation to date of David Bohm's dialogical world view. Bohm explores the purpose, methods and meanings of the multi-faceted process he called "dialogue", suggesting that dialogue offers the possibility of an entirely new order of communication and relationship with ourselves, our fellows, and the world around us. His book offers tools that facilitate a true exchange of ideas between people. (continue)

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Traces of the Trade is a feature documentary in which Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her New England ancestors, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Cameras follow as Browne and nine fellow descendants undertake a journey of discovery to Rhode Island, Ghana, and Cuba. Retracing the steps of the notorious Triangle Trade, we uncover a family's, a region's, and a nation's hidden past. Simultaneously, viewers will follow descendants of the DeWolf family as they grapple with the contemporary legacy of slavery, not only for black Americans, but for themselves as white Americans. The film is intended as a catalyst for dialogue and education through screenings in communities and classrooms, and discussion guides and other materials are being developed. (continue)

Society's Breakthrough! Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People

This book suggests that the U.S. adopt a Citizens Constitutional Amendment which says: Each year, 24 registered voters will be randomly selected in a lottery to form a Citizens Wisdom Council. This Wisdom Council will be a symbol of the people of the United States. With the aid of a dynamic facilitator, the group will meet for one week to choose issues, talk about them and determine consensus statements. (continue)

Open Space for People Unable to Read

The following is an account of an Open Space Technology approach designed for people who are unable to read. The idea was conceived by a small group during the 2001 annual gathering of Open Space practitioners in Vancouver Canada. (continue)

Socratic Seminars

Socratic Seminars are a highly motivating form of intellectual and scholarly discourse conducted in K-12 classrooms. They usually range from 30 to 50 minutes--longer if time allows--once a week. Socratic Seminars grew out of the early work of Mortimer Adler and the Great Books program. The National Paideia Center continues today to promote socratic discussions in the form of Paideia seminars. The Touchstones Discussion Project has similar roots and is a leader in the production of outstanding texts for Socratic Seminars. (continue)

Summary of Playback Theatre Session at the 2004 NCDD Conference

On the morning of the third and final day of the 2004 NCDD conference in Denver, Colorado, we began the day with an interactive performance of National Playback Theatre, which turned out to be the most highly-rated and most talked-about feature of the 2004 conference. Playback Theatre is an innovative example of how the arts can foster and enhance dialogue. We utilized this improvisational form of theatre to reflect on our learnings and experiences over the weekend, encourage unresolved conflicts to emerge, and rejuvenate us for the trip home. Here is a summary of what took place... (continue)

The Table

The Table, or TT, is a free-for-all melange of ideas, comments, and images. Run by an international group that claims TT is the only ongoing online (David) Bohmian Dialogue, TT encourages people to contribute to the dialogue by writing or sending pictures, movies or sounds..."as in Bohm Dialogue: there are no rules, anything goes." (continue)

World Cafe Method, Metaphor, and Community Foundation

Juanita Brown and David Isaacs from Whole Systems Associates use the model of the cafe setting to create a warm, inviting environment in which people can converse. Participants gather informally at small tables and are encouraged to map out the ideas generated from conversation onto the paper table cloths covering the tables. (continue)

Healing the Heart of America documentary

In June 1993, citizens of Richmond, Virginia - the former capital of the Confederacy - initiated "Healing the Heart of America: an honest conversation on race, reconciliation and responsibility." Joined by people from 50 cities around the US and the world, they gave recognition to unacknowledged sites and events in the 370-year history of black-white relations. This award-winning documentary is the story of their walk through Richmond history. The film provides clear direction and inspiration for those working to unite their community through dialogue. (continue)

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