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DIALOGUE, NOT DEBATE
Moving from a clash of opposing views to a search
for understanding and the best way forward


The Political Wisdom Wiki. "This wiki is dedicated to providing reliable information and promoting responsible dialogue on the most important political issues." Its aim is to carry forward the coffee party mission to seek "common ground and collective action to strengthen [American] democracy."

From Demagoguery to Dialogue. Here, Lee Beaumont makes the case for refereed dialogue as a way of moving beyond crude and divisive communication toward a deeper understanding of what is. (PDF file) Also, check out his blog, The Wise Path.

The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). In this essay, and the seminar materials in the item below, W. Barnett Pearce — author of the book Making Social Worlds and the Barnett Pearce blog — introduces us to an approach that fosters both dialogue and the use of dialogue to create wiser societies. CMM is a powerful set of communication tools and practices aimed at developing an understanding and acknowledgment of differences — the goal being the creation of social worlds in which people with different views coordinate their actions in mutually acceptable ways. (PDF file)

Using CMM: A Pearce Associates Seminar. This 70-page PDF document goes into the history of CMM, its aims and key concepts, and how it can be put into practice.

Dialogue — Thinking Together is a section of Lee Beaumont's Emotional Competency website. Here you will find an excellent review of the conditions that lead to productive dialogue.

Global Sensemaking: Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems "Global Sensemaking (GSm) is a group of people dedicated to helping humanity address complex, interrelated global problems-such as climate change, energy policy, poverty, and food security-by developing and applying new web-based technology to assist collaborative decision making and cooperative problem solving."

Us and Them: Relating to Challenging Others — patterns in the shadow dance between "good" and "evil" This essay by Anthony Judge focuses on the Us-and-Them polarization problem and suggests some approaches for getting past it that seem worth exploring.

Wanted: A New Worldview by Alan Nordstrom. A short but to-the-point essay that asks, "What view of reality will let us live most fruitfully as human beings in a just and generous community with each other?"

The Dance of Polarization by Andrew Bard Schmookler. In this essay Schmookler deals with the polarization-integrating aspect of wisdom.

Dialogue Instead of Debate: Cutting Through Ideological Polarization. Some thoughts on this subject by Copthorne Macdonald plus links to organizations with active programs to address the problem.