DIALOGUE, NOT DEBATE
Moving from a clash of opposing views to a search
for understanding and the best way forward
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
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.
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.
Thinking Together is a section of Lee
Competency website. Here you will find an excellent review of
the conditions that lead to productive dialogue.
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."
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.
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?"
Dance of Polarization by Andrew Bard Schmookler.
In this essay Schmookler deals with the polarization-integrating aspect
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.