Hello dear friends. In this period of illuminated societal ills, I am ever aware that it is time for me to just listen. This week, I want to share some words of wisdom from my colleague, Markus Hunt, Head of School for Logan Center for Creative Learning in Denver, Colorado. In his short post, "Dialogue as a Praxis for Peace," he lays out some guidelines for greeting one another with curiosity and respect and the importance of simply listening.
"My father, a minister, professor, and civil rights leader deeply believed in the power of dialogue. As a child, I was dumbfounded how even the most heated arguments between my father and eldest brother could end in a hug. I don’t know if they had agreed upon rules for engagement, but I have tried my best to follow Rapoport’s Rules. Anatol Rapoport was a game theorist and recommended the following approach to having contentious conversations:
Attempt to re-express the other person’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that the other person says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
List any points of agreement.
Mention anything you have learned from the other person.
And only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
Perhaps the first step is to admit that what you believe may be wrong."
To access Markus' full post, please click here... www.markushunt.com/post/dialogue-as-a-praxis-for-peace
With love, we advance.