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  1. Ellis Westwood says:

    There are some people in the dialogue and deliberation field that think dialogue
    is about more than listening to understand… Hal Saunders, who I met in the US a
    few years ago, sees it as a “genuine interaction through which human beings
    listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.”

    It’s
    this element of change that’s interesting, and powerful. That, after listening
    openly to other participants, a person might leave a dialogue changed. Either
    with different views on an issue, or understanding other people and why their
    values and different.

  2. Paul Born says:

    Thanks for the conversation – folks at Tamarack were trolling the web and came
    across your blog and forwarded it to me. Thanks for your views and understanding.

    I think that you get the vulnerable part or as we call it being human is an
    essential part of engagement in any issue – as it need to affect you. The idea of
    listening then is not a passive think or even a silent one – listening in this
    way becomes an invitation to try and understand and engage. In the first chapter
    i tell the story of listening as a way to capture a corner on the
    obvious.

    many thanks for the blog Holly and the reply Ellis.

  3. Thanks for reminding me about this book, Holly.

    Always agree with listening
    for understanding. However, it’s the next steps (or not) that are telling the
    rest of the story: engaging, seeking the commonalities and moving forward
    together.

    And, of course, Paul always tells it like it is!