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Participative Webinar with Robert Corman

July 8 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm BST

For the last decade, Robert Corman has served as Chair of A Growing Culture (AGC), an NGO that challenges some of the most deeply rooted and ecologically dangerous narratives confronting life on earth. Supporting peasant and indigenous farmers and their leaders across the Global South, AGC advances the principles of food sovereignty to help protect and reclaim their seeds, lands and their cultures, often taken away by industrial agriculture, a major contributor to climate change. AGC has become a trusted ally for collaboratively building long-term strategies to radically re-imagine and replace our unjust and destructive global food system.

Robert has been trying to understand the nature of and effectiveness of dialogue in system change for many years. AGC’s approach to relationship building is a dynamic case study. The question is whether the approaches AGC has used to build and strengthen a global network of partners uses dialogue as we know it. A former criminal and environmental lawyer, philanthropic executive, organization builder, survey researcher and executive level consultant, Robert has served on numerous boards including Chair of Ramapo College, where he had the opportunity to bestow an honorary degree on Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He currently sits on the US Academy of Professional Dialogue board and is a Voting Member of the International Academy of Professional Dialogue.

In our interview, we will talk with Robert about how he got involved with A Growing Culture and explore the role of dialogue and how can it best be used to address critical global issues?

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During the webinar your cohosts, Nancy Dixon and Linda Ellinor, will interview Robert to provide an overview of his thinking. We will then move participants into small groups for reflection on Robert’s interview and how his experience has meaning in our lives and work with dialogue. To close our time, we will come back together with questions and reflections from the small groups.

Objective 1: To explore the hypothesis
that people tend to think too narrowly
about dialogue as a tool.

Objective 2: To explore the question, “If
dialogue is the flow of meaning between
two, what is its role in broad-scale global
system change?”

Objective 3: To examine applications of
dialogue as applied in larger system
change contexts and its benefits and
limitations?

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