Intro to Dialogue presentation – Beth Macy and Linda Ellinor

Here’s a great video of a live *online* Dialogue session last month, where Beth Macy first outlines her Introduction to the dialogue practice to an international group of practitioners.  The clear presentation with attractive visuals and diagrams lasts 45 minutes then the dialogue part lasts 35 minutes.  Beth Macy (and host Linda Ellinor, also on the call) have done some fabulous work in the States and are fellow members of the Academy of Professional Dialogue. Beth’s current work (to be published alongside our Autism Dialogue paper) is entitled ‘Dialogue as a Whole-System Healthcare Intervention’

Online dialogues are fairly new of course and members of our Academy are enjoying the potential and experimenting with the technology too, which seems to work better these days! We will be hosting academy members practitioner circles like this one very soon. Online dialogue is something we are also considering for the autism community so it’s good to see these working within the Academy context.

Below is also a comprehensive list of dialogue guidelines, written by Beth.

Relax and enjoy the video!

Dialogue Guidelines:
  1. Let go of the need for any specific outcome other than to explore.
  2. Share your own perspective by speaking in the first person.
  3. Share what you know without seeking to persuade.
  4. Listen for understanding without needing to agree.
  5. Speak to the center and avoid cross talk.
  6. Speak from an awareness of what you are experiencing in the present moment, paying attention to feelings and bodily sensations as well as thoughts.
  7. Suspend judgement of your own and other’s opinions and perspectives while attending to your inner physiological responses.
  8. Inquire into both your own underlying assumptions as well as those of others for deepening the dialogue.
  9. Honor silence between speakers for the purpose of reflection. Allow silence to guide our receiving and sharing.
  10. Notice the flow of the conversation and speak to it for the benefit of the group.
  11. Speak as the spirit moves you, noticing what urges you to speak or not speak as well as the frequency of your speaking.
  12. Help facilitate the group process by by-standing, i.e., by noticing and expressing how group participation and the group meaning are flowing.
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