Listening Across Divides: A User-Friendly Dialogue Format

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark Street, Easthampton, MA
Trainer: Norma Akamatsu

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Class description

In this class, the dialogue model of the Public Conversations Project (now known as Essential Partners) will be presented and demonstrated. A tightly structured format makes it accessible to groups to address a wide variety of issues, even without formal training in how to conduct dialogues. Five questions are used to clarify differences and provide a road map for listening and understanding how others arrive at their positions. The goal is not to achieve consensus, but to provide a platform for further discussion and potential problem-solving. In a highly polarized environment, finding ways to bridge divides and listen to those with whom we disagree can be a first step toward mutual understanding and a basis for forging a common way forward.

Audience
General
Themes
Communication, Group Dynamics/Effectiveness


Trainer

Norma AkamatsuNorma Akamatsu
Clinical Social Worker focused on reconciliation in families and communities

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