Community of Practice
Reflection of the Month
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
4:00pm-5:30pm London

(11:00am New York / 5:00pm Berlin / 5:00pm Jo'burg)

The Reflection of the Month (ROM) aims to create a learning community, integrating theory and practice and using research-based tools. We are interested in improving practice through joint exploration of topics relating to the intersection of Reflective Practice and Dialogic Relations. Topics include the everyday experience of dignity and respect-based relationships, operationalizing inclusive cultures, transforming conflict, the context of power, the role of 3rd parties and bystanders, goal attainment, building expertise in our profession, and barriers to inclusive, dialogic relations.

Why? To provide a Systematic, Shared, Structured & Safe space for learning and improving professionally.

Who? We are consultants, facilitators, and 3rd party interveners advancing dialogue and constructive conflict engagement. At ROM, we are engaged in vibrant conversations and support each other’s continuous growth. For the long term, we are looking to build a permanent learning community to provide safe conditions for systematic, shared reflection.

How? We gather every other month for 90 minutes.

We are expanding, and you are welcome to share the invitation with friends and colleagues. Cases and life experiences are welcome and essential for enhancing our shared learning experience and improving practice.

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  1. My enquiry stems from the extent to which reflective practice in mediation is 1. a deeper awareness and understanding of an experience of oneself consciously (and then in relation to others) but misses the extent to which our own programming (subconsciously) in relation to ‘how things are’ influences this. What is the process of ‘unlearning’ that needs to happen in reflective practice. What’s our relationship to ‘it’s the way it is round here, its how things get done, they have the power I don’t, expectation to perform, to deliver’
    The question:- Can reflective practice in mediation offer ways to uncover not only meaning making from experiences and awareness of self and subsequent learning, but also for ‘unlearning’ (the subconscious programming that is occurring) at a deeper, systemic, cultural, environmental level
    I am not sure if any of this lands coherently as a thought process and question but its emerging!!!

    • Carol, Thank you for your question. It touches the essence of reflective practice–the opportunity to learn from and through our experience. We want to understand why a situation or behavior occurred, which often leads to exploring our assumptions and motivations. By considering our values and beliefs, we bring them to the surface and can then assess whether and in what ways those assumptions or attitudes serve us and our work, or impede our efforts. This process can lead to the “unlearning” you mention, and to relearning.

      • Thank you, Michael. I agree. Reflective Practice (RP) aims to surface the invisible, like assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs underlying habits. While we will likely not have access to real reasoning motivating our actions, processing and engaging with others on the implicit aspects can advance de-freezing counterproductive habits and freezing new ones. In other words, through RP, we can change reality.

  2. Carol, as you know already, I love your emerging questions and look forward to exploring them in July together. Thank you so much for your insightful engagement!

  3. For those who are new to the session – the text below was shared with the group by email. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow….

    A few of you communicated with us after the last session with follow-up thoughts, and we will dedicate time to discuss them.
    We will also explore the listening exercise we proposed last time:
    Notice when you stop listening (Not just when you are busy or distracted by something).
    What is a significant obstacle to being a listener humbly?
    What do you think gets in the way of really listening?
    Who do you stop listening to?
    In what situations/ topics discussed did you stop listening?
    Do you see patterns?

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