Module 4: Dialogue and Learning/Thinking Together

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this module are:

  • Build and grow capacity to host and facilitate formal and informal processes that incorporate key dialogue principles;
  • Recognize key principles of dialogue and their distinction from dominant patterns of group process;
  • Identify and encourage characteristics of inclusive and generative processes; and
  • Develop personal insights that can support ‘conversational leadership’ as facilitators of and participants in group process

Readings and Media


Dialogue: The Power of Collective Thinking 

The Process of Dialogue: Creating Effective Communication 

Six Conversations that Inspire Change 

Enowkin’wixw: What it means to a sustainable community – Jeanette Armstrong 

Otto Scharmer 4 levels of listening 

Urgency in climate change advocacy is backfiring, says Citizen Potawatomi Nation scientist 

Hosting in a Hurry: A quick reference for convening conversations that matter 


What Listening Means in a time of Climate Crisis 

NESTA Competency Framework (P. 17 – 19)

The Art of Powerful Questions 

Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together, William Isaacs

On the Ground: Practitioners’ Reflections on Alberta Climate Dialogue’s Citizen Deliberations 

Conditions for Successful Dialogue and Deliberation 

Confronting collective traumas: an exploration of therapeutic planning, Planning Theory & Practice, 18:1, 34-50, DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2016.1249909 – Aftab Erfan (2017)



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