Five Perspectives on Dialogue for Development

The five frameworks for dialogue reviewed here are based on the work of Chris Argyris, David Bohm, David Johnson and Roger Johnson, Jack Mezirow, and Paulo Freire. Each approaches dialogue from a different discipline; thus collectively, they afford the possibility of a richer and more complex understanding of a way to talk with each other than might be gained from only one perspective. You will certainly note differences among the five, as well as underlying commonalities. I invite you in reading through these to stay open to differing perspectives, to differentiate the concepts, and, at the end, to attempt with me to integrate the ideas into a meaningful whole.

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