Ideas for dialogical practice
For communities to be successful, the members must trust and come from their strengths
- Suspend assumptions and keep an open mind. A dialogue is a shared quest for meaning.
- Lift every voice. Our intention is to lift everyone’s voice higher. Make sure every voice is heard.
- Honor our differences. We can honor our differences without trying to reconcile them. Wonder, “Where is our common ground?” How do we walk the journey together?
- We create meaning together (a “memorandum of understanding”). Without others meaning breaks down, value is lost, and the team loses its vitality.
- Create a safe place. There must be a “safe container” created for the conversation, a place without hostility or fear.
- Observe and listen to one another. Also listen to your own inner voice.
- Be appreciative, attentive and respectful, allow space for the other without interrupting and offer positive rather than judging comments or questions