Dialogue Publications was founded in 2017 to make Professional Dialogue materials available internationally. The editors release an annual publication entitled The World Needs Dialogue! (hardback and Kindle) covering the Working Papers considered by Members at the Academy’s annual conference. Other publications include books authored by Academy Members, as well as supporting materials for all educational programmes and courses accredited by the Academy.
The World Needs Dialogue! Two: Setting the Bearings
The Academy continues its steady progress with this volume of working papers that were considered at the second international conference in 2019. The proceeds of the previous year’s inaugural annual conference were subtitled Gathering the Field.
The current volume, Setting the Bearings, demonstrates the Academy’s intention to provide ongoing developmental learning and professional affiliation for those working in this essential discipline. The accounts contained in this publication reveal the recent work of 13 Professional Dialogue Practitioners from Canada, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, UK and USA. As before, the papers were circulated prior to the conference to replace the typical presentational monologues, which freed up time for dialogues amongst the participants gathered.
Authors were present throughout the full three days of the conference to rub shoulders with the other participants and learn from them too. You will find extracts from these conference sessions following the papers, and postscripts written by the authors to describe their own learning as a result of writing their paper and considering it with experienced colleagues.
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The World Needs Dialogue! One: Gathering the Field
This inaugural volume records the Gathering of the Field of Professional Dialogue. It acknowledges and celebrates the work of 25 Professional Dialogue Practitioners, and the wide variety of good work they have delivered. Some have been actively developing their Professional Dialogue careers for decades, whilst others add the innovative energy of being relative newcomers. Their combined work has provided a unique service, addressing and resolving fragmented situations in hundreds of organisations and communities in different sectors and countries around the world.
The publication is the first collection of such accounts and thereby provides the first benchmark for the field. It records the state of Professional Dialogue in 2018, setting a standard that others will emulate and no doubt surpass in the future. The authors had their work considered at the first international conference of the Academy of Professional Dialogue, The World Needs Dialogue! Their papers were written and circulated to participants before the Academy’s inaugural gathering. Extracts from the considerations with participants at the conference are included, along with their subsequently written postscripts.
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The Spirit of Dialogue in a Digital Age – Marie-Ève Marchand
We do not lack platforms to communicate or venues to hold political debates, but we seem to sorely miss the time and space to think together. Whether with friends, neighbors or people from different cultural or religious groups, we rarely take the time to explore our basic assumptions and perceptions. Such explorations, however, allow us to better understand ourselves and each other before making our choices or acting on them.
This book is dedicated to the spirit of dialogue. To cultivate it, the author invites us to take up six invitations:
- Accept that we are all related
- Listen with one’s whole being
- Suspend assumptions
- Question with warmth and curiosity
- Honour the power of words and of silence
- Co-create new meaning
Marie-Ève Marchand holds her doctorate in adult education, and her research has focused on group dialogue as a means of develop- ing the reflective capacity of adults. A specialist in organizational dialogue with experience as a senior executive in the Public Service of Canada, she has also been an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at Laval University. She is a therapist, a graduate of Toronto’s Gestalt Institute and a member of the international organization The Academy of Professional Dialogue.
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