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Journey in Dialog

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12: Why Dialog

12: WHY DIALOG? Welcome to the 12th post in our Journey in Dialog. In this post and again in #24 and #36, we will seek to respond to the question, “Why Dialog?” In Post 01, we began with the end in mind by listing nine answers to this question. As we continue this...

11: MUSIC

11: MUSIC Welcome to the 11th post in our Journey in Dialog. One of my favorite musicians is the world-renowned cellist, YO-YO MA. For him, music is dialog. He speaks of his music being communion between himself, his instrument, the scores, and his audience. When you...

10: CONVERSATION

10: CONVERSATION  Welcome to the 10th post in our Journey in Dialog. What does it mean to have a real conversation? Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT and author of “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” offers a contemporary perspective about...

08: US-THEM SYNDROME

08: US/THEM SYNDROME Welcome to the 8th post in our Journey in Dialog. As an addition to Post 07, we will highlight a restraining force to dialog that is very much with us. It’s the Us/Them Syndrome. In practice, this syndrome, which is often based on race, ethnicity,...

07: RESTRAINING FORCES

Welcome to the 7th post in our Journey in Dialog. In the Introduction Post 01, I listed some of the reasons for dialog. Using Kurt Lewin’s Force Field Analysis, we might call those reasons the driving forces in support of dialog. However, there are also restraining...

06: JESUS

Welcome to the 6th post of Journey in Dialog. In the New Testament of the Bible, we find that Jesus was a great question asker. He was also good at listening to others. Often when he listened, he would ask deeper-level questions, not because he didn’t have answers to...

05: ADVOCATES

Welcome to the 5th post of Journey in Dialog. Dialog advocates include seminal thinkers like quantum physicist David Bohm. He concluded that quantum mechanics fell short of providing a description of “ultimate reality.” He said that science deals with the explicit...

04: EMPATHY

Welcome to the 4th post of the Journey in Dialog. Daniel Goleman devoted a chapter of his book on emotional intelligence to the roots of empathy.[1] He said that when we can identify with signals from others like tone of voice, shift of posture, even silence, and...

03: SOCRATES

Welcome to the third post of Journey in Dialog. I plan to post on 36 Thursdays what I think it means for people and groups to relate in dialog. Initially, I define dialog as: An exchange between people and groups in which meaning is shared and change occurs with each...

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Irving Stubbs

The Blog host is Irving Stubbs, with degrees from Davidson College in North Carolina and Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has been a pastor, an urban minister, an author and a consultant to organizations across North America, Europe, in Japan and Hong Kong. He brings to his Blog broad experience and a commitment to the liberating power of dialog.

 

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