When dialogue works, new knowledge emerges…
Professional Dialogue and Dialogic Team Coaching and Mentoring helps to guide individuals and groups into an aligned way of thinking together. It is a special form of facilitated group conversation that encourages open and honest sharing of thinking, by the free exchange, without an agenda. In correctly facilitated Professional Dialogue, everyone can experience everyone else’s point of view fully and equally. You start by learning a set of skills that help to deepen insight and grow understanding and trust, in order to generate new knowledge and possible solutions, both individually, collectively and systemically.
As a facilitator with many years experience, we work with:
- healthcare professionals & organisations
- the autism and autistic communities
- therapists, educators, researchers
- families and support networks
- school, FE & HE students & staff
The word dialogue is made from the Greek words dia, meaning across or between and legein, meaning to speak. In this way we can see words and meaning flowing across and between our ever-changing perceptions of our selves.
‘Bohm Dialogue’ (the root-method we use) is named after quantum physicist David Bohm, who developed a primary technique of group dialogue, along with Peter Garrett and Donald Factor in the 1980’s. Peter Garrett went on to develop dialogue and along with Jane Ball, in the 1990’s, set up Dialogue Associates, Prison Dialogue and our professional body, the Academy of Professional Dialogue.
Dialogue techniques have evolved and emerged and are in use globally, in all aspects of society, it’s used extensively in all sectors at all levels. Experience has shown this radical method of non-judgemental group communication to be extremely beneficial for the consciousness, cohesion and development and change of organisations, communities, systems and individuals.
Professional Dialogue circles.
In Dialogue Circles, there is a set of easily learned and empirically-derived skills that help us think together. We promote and encourage a dialogic orientation as a way of simply being more aware when communicating.
A Dialogue session has no predefined purpose and no agenda, other than that of inquiring into the movement of thought, and exploring the process of ‘thinking together’ collectively, while suspending one’s assumptions and building on each other’s ideas, instead of challenging them. This activity can allow group participants to examine their preconceptions and prejudices, as well as to explore the more general movement of thought.
Dialogue is not debate, nor is it therapy, but it may have qualities of both, depending on who is there and what is spoken. A session can typically be set at between ninety minutes and a full day and a series of meetings is required to gain the most benefit.
Events: We are hosting a special ‘Introduction to Dialogue Skills’ event online on February 28th 2020. Enquire.
Such knowledge can only be had by actual experience, nor can the reason of man define it, or arrive at any cognisance of it by deduction, just as one cannot, without experience, know the taste of honey, the bitterness of patience, the bliss of sexual union, love, passion, or desire.
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