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Are we kidding ourselves about powerful conversations?

 
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Which kinds of conversation are the most powerful forces for social change?
Widespread conversations among the general public
 50%  [ 2 ]
Better conversations among existing powerholders
 0%  [ 0 ]
Better conversations among those challenging existing powerholders or building new alternatives
 0%  [ 0 ]
High quality conversations among strategically selected change agents
 0%  [ 0 ]
Officially convened, well publicized citizen D&D councils on public affairs
 25%  [ 1 ]
Transformational dialogues of such depth that they shift the collective field
 25%  [ 1 ]
Better conversations among people at work
 0%  [ 0 ]
Other
 0%  [ 0 ]
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tomatlee



Joined: 06 Jul 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 8:55 am    Post subject: Are we kidding ourselves about powerful conversations? Reply with quote

We talk about conversational interventions having power to transform people, systems, cultures. But have we really thought this through?

To what extent is this just a reassuring story we tell ourselves to give meaning to what we love doing or are paid for doing? To what extent are some conversations more powerful forces for change than others? And to what extent are we willing to pursue that inquiry, when it might take us places that are uncomfortable to go?

Is every kind of conversation equally important for making the world a better place? What does our answer mean for our work?
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