Mapping Dialogue

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In a world of increasing complexity, answers have a short life-span and people have a growing desire to solve their own problems. Sustainable social change is increasingly depending on successful dialogue. This book provides a closer look at transformative dialogue tools and processes for social change. It profiles ten dialogue methods in depth, and another fifteen more briefly. The methods covered conceptually and in case studies include Deep Democracy, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Scenario Planning, World Cafe, the Israeli-Palestinian School for Peace and many more. The book gives insight into the foundations of practical dialogue work, a dictionary to distinguish dialogue from other forms of conversation, and inspiration from traditional African approaches to dialogue. The authors, an international team of Dialogue Practitioners, offer guidelines for assessing what tools to use for which situation on the basis of their experiences. This makes it a unique and indispensable resource for the practitioner of social change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971231283
  • Publisher: The Taos Institute Publications
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,206,957
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended - a must for workshop facilitators

    In the midst of this globalized world in which we live, the book invites us to think about Dialogue as a tool to generate democratic spaces with shared meanings. Mapping Dialogue: Essential Tools for Social Change, was written by three women and one man who met, in the summer of 2005, to talk about supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Dialogue work in South Africa. The objective, as describe in the introduction, is to share "dialogue methods applicable to face-to-face gatherings of groups of people meeting to address collective social challenges". More than a theoretical treatise about dialogue, this book reads as a handbook for practitioners. However, it presents in the first section called Foundations, some necessary principles to take into account as we embark in the process of facilitating social change for groups, organizations and communities independently of their size. In the second part the authors describe, step by step, 10 different methods including examples of their use and a brief discussion of each one. In addition to these, they introduce us briefly to other ways of being with each other that run from Deep Ecology developed by Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, to the Theatre of the Oppressed as practiced since the 1950's in Brazil. The last section, called Epilogue, engages us with their reflections on dialogue and community and its meaning in Southern Africa. The book is a must for those of us who are deeply involved in the process of co-constructing a better future for all.

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