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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 33

Bohmian Dialogue

Based on David Bohm's On Dialogue (1996), this technique is a process for getting groups to talk and think together more deeply and coherently.

Purposes

  • To create a flow of meaning among dialogue participants
  • To think more effectively together
  • To build on one another's ideas creatively and freely
  • To identify what gets in the way of shared meaning and collective thought
  • To think productively about seemingly intractable problems

How It Works

  • Participants form into a circle and the convener explains the meaning of dialogue: there are no winners or losers and no attempt to persuade, the focus is on understanding what people actually say without judgment or criticism, and the object is to develop collective thinking. ...

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