LESSONS FROM YEARS OF DIALOGUE

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL DELIBERATION IN SEEKING DEMOCRACY TODAY
Over the years we have learned that conciliatory dialogue is, among other things, aided by: 
• Remembering that nothing is impossible if we don’t mind who gets the credit 
• Understanding that servant-leadership is about enabling, not controlling others 
• Sustaining high tolerance for ambiguity, respecting contributions made at meetings and not interrupting those speaking 
• Welcoming newcomers at their point of entry 
• Holding strong convictions tentatively and keeping all boundaries permeable 
• Seeking to listen and learn rather than being right 
• Ensuring all comments are related to the task 
• Remembering that reality lies in the second glance, after dealing with prejudice in the first 
• Acknowledging that thinking is difficult and that people move at different speeds 
• Remembering that fragility is a mark of value: that which is not fragile may be pretentious 
• Throwing out dogma, while preserving any wisdom or poetry that inspired it 
• Checking one’s own tribalism and egotism by remembering that we share our fragile planet with others 
• Being aware that dialogue’s ultimate goal is resolution and reconciliation 
• Knowing that Democracy is the art of thinking independently together

TO SEE THESE TIPS IN A POWERFUL CONTRIBUTION TO ACHIEVING DEMOCRACY VISIT: www.icuk.life
Peter

Print Friendly, PDF & Email