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CHAPTER 10Questions Are More Transforming Than Answers

We can now be specific about defining the conversations that open community to an alternative future. We seek conversations that create accountability and commitment. The traditional conversations that seek to explain, study, analyze, define tools, and express the desire to change others are interesting but not powerful. They actually are forms of wanting to maintain control. If we adhere to them, they become a limitation to the future, not a pathway.    The future is brought into the present when citizens engage each other through questions of possibility, commitment, dissent, and gifts. Questions open the door to the future and are more powerful than answers in that they demand engagement. ...

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