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The Art of Convening by Patricia Neal, Craig Neal

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7. ESSENTIAL CONVERSATION

Meaningful exchange in an atmosphere of trust

HAVING CONVERSATIONS OF CONSEQUENCE

Essential Conversation is, in many ways, the meat of authentic engagement. In order to get there, we follow the Aspects of the Convening Wheel that come before so that we may gracefully enter Essential Conversation with planning and respect. The presence of trust and safety plays an important role in the quality of the conversation and the ability to maintain authenticity.

When we’re authentic and engaged, we’re more able and willing to work together to imagine, and be responsible for, the best possible future. When creativity and wisdom ...

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