The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: A Practical, Hands-On Guide (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2007
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Long practiced in leading tough discussions between fractured parties around the world, Schirch and Campt offer the tools necessary to transform dialogue between parties, facing a difficult discussion.
Clear and easy-to-use.
The word "dialogue" suffers from over-use, yet its practice is as transforming and as freshly hopeful as ever. Authors Schirch and Campt demonstrate dialogue's life and possibilities in this clear and absorbing manual: "Dialogue allows people in conflict to listen to each other, affirm their common ground, and explore their differences in a safe environment."
Schirch has worked throughout the Southern hemisphere in peacebuilding projects. Campt has focused on racial and class reconciliation in American cities.
Biographie de l'auteur
Lisa Schrich is a professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and prgram director of the 3D Security Initiative (www.3Dsecurity.org), which promotes conflict prevention and peacebuilding in U.S. security policymaking. With colleagues in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU, Schirch consults with a network of organizations involved in peacbuilding activities throughout the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. She has worked in over 20 countries.
A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has written four books and numbrous articles on conflict preventions and peacebuilding.
She is a frequent public speaker and has TV and radio experience discussing U.S. foreign policy.
She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
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The practical, step-by-step style of this book is its most significant strength. That the book was able to evoke a feeling in me of desire to approach, rather than avoid, difficult discussions, is truly inspiring. This book lives up to its title of being the "little" book - it's a quick 90-page read. I appreciated this given the bookshelves of half-read books in my office. It occurred to me upon finishing the book that the authors have done a great service by giving readers a digestible chunk of a large topic. Because facilitating dialogue is a skill, readers are best served initially by having the process simplified and explained with concrete examples.
Lest you think my comments imply that only laypersons and novices will find this book helpful, let me point out that the book places the methodology within the context of social change processes. The book's reach is ambitious and will allow people from all ends of the spectrum - those who have been trained in facilitation to those without any prior exposure to communications skills training - to find something of interest.
Counselors, psychologists, social workers, meeting facilitators, and corporate trainers will recognize some topics covered in the book, such as setting ground rules. The methodology presented will be familiar in many ways, but will also present new perspectives. The authors have impressive experience facilitating dialogue successfully with groups both large and small. They make their points using case examples throughout the book, which made the material come alive. Professionals who read this book will see the value in adding dialogue facilitation into their repertoire of skills.
One area where this book could be better concerns the pre-conditions the authors mention as necessary for effective dialogue - enough shared perception of language abilities, cultural differences in expressiveness (verbal and emotional), and openness to learning and changing. This book is designed to be little so I didn't expect it to go into detail on how to foster these pre-conditions or work with their absence, but in the future I would love to see more from these authors in another book on those topics!
Another warning is that it takes experience, training, and some talent to be a good facilitator of difficult dialogue - this book is a great start, but people who feel called to this line of work will want to get training and not go it alone initially. The book emphasizes the value of teams of facilitators working together to support the dialogue process and one another and I couldn't agree more. These authors have worked well together in presenting a wonderfully useful set of guidelines for an important and underutilized skill set. I recommend this book highly.
Lisa Schirch and David Campt approach their book in simple terms that most people can understand. All the while, there is a rich depth in their writing that reveals the fact that the authors are highly educated and experienced practitioners in the field of dialogue. Their use of examples, interspersed throughout the book, draw on their unique experiences yet distill universally applicable guidelines, challenges, and solutions for people everywhere.
As dialogues begin in my own community, I will use this book as a template to guide the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the dialogues. The book gave me insights on how to articulate the distinctions of dialogue from other communication processes and it helped me to better understand important ideas for designing dialogue. While reading the book, I often heard my mind thinking: "ah-ha . . . that's interesting . . . I never though of it like that before."
I believe that this book is critical for anyone involved in holding dialogues for community transformation. The beauty and paradox of this book is that it is infused with a broad social and spiritual framework while being a "little book." I would be very happy to know that everyone around the world would use the book's insights as a way to promote deeper human values and facilitate a "new shift" in the 21st century.
Lisa-Marie Napoli, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Past-Present-Future Foundation
Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
This slim volume distills the organizing principles for creating higher-level discussion in small or large groups. It is a kit of tools for a enhancing a variety of conversations and interactions, from improving day-to-day conversations, all the way up to and including how to organize, publicize and facilitate dialogues on a range of issues and shared concerns.
David Campt has probed across cultures to refine the best of human interaction principles and has created a simply yet powerful way of thinking about dialogue, around these principles, He has drawn from years of practice with all of the ideas in the book, honing, compressing, and buffing them into an elegantly-simply-yet-hugely-powerful-Gem of a book! All the paths are laid out, you can't get Lost!
The winter holidays and the new year are upon us--with all of the rich and varied ways of giving. This year, for the price of a pack of cigarettes, or a mocha latte espresso lite you can give a real gift--one that will help people have better conversations in their lives. Even if you never engage in a dialogue, this book will provide you with simple, fundamental ways you can flex your approach in conversations with associates, customers, and family, and increase the mutual experience.
Special audiences: I especially recommend this book to my colleagues in the following communities of practice:
Anyone working with the Recovering Community, Mental Health workers, Public Safety workers, Public Administrators and, anyone else seeking to promote a deeper shared meaning about issues affecting many, in both shared & different ways.
And, at a time when gas is $3+ and the powers that be have us by the barrels, these folks are only charging $4.95!
Let ten thousand dialogues bloom!
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