“Dialogue can't be shoved down [people's] throats, because that will invoke the memory of previous times when something was forced on them, whether at your organization or elsewhere. You'll get a primitive 'fight, flight or freeze' response. Your goal with dialogue is to evoke a higher-level response. Freeing up traditional structures of imposition and hierarchy in a group is essential to allow new energy for collective inquiry.” - William Isaacs (The 5th Discipline Fieldbook)

It has taken me a long time to realise what I primarily do within my workshops on leadership, culture, transformational change or creativity (etc.) and that is essentially dialogic facilitation. The creation of positive, respectful and safe environments where people can listen to, and learn from, each other. As has been spelt out so eloquently in the writings of Peter Senge and co-workers - in: "Prescence" (Senge et al), "Theory U" (Otto Scharmer), "Solving Tough Problems" (Adam Kahane), to name a few; dialogue is more than just debate or discussion but an invitation to construct new realities and shared understanding through being fully present, suspending judgement, questioning assumptions and practicing generative listening. Letting the future unfold into novel and more positive and beneficial forms.

As a practice, Dialogic facilitation, has its roots in Bohm Dialogue and shares much in common with Appreciative Inquiry (David Cooperrider), Open Space Technology (Harrison Owen), World Cafe (Juanita Brown & David Isaacs), Non-Violent Communication (Marshall Rosenberg), The Art of Possibility (Ben Zander) and other similar techniques which have been used successfully over the past 25 years or more.

If you wish to explore a better way of communicating with one another, I'm only an e-mail or phone call away.