Dialogue as a Means of Collective Communication

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2005 - Business & Economics - 440 pages
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Dialogue as a Means of Collective Communication offers a cross-disciplinary approach to examining dialogue as a communicative medium. Presented in five parts, the book takes the reader on a journey of exploring the power and potential of dialogue as a means for communication. In particular, this volume comes at a time when the global society's attention has been directed to creating more productive conversations in the name of world peace and harmony. It provides a unique new work on dialogue that brings the reader into a "dialogue with dialogue", offering an opportunity to understand the communicative potential of dialogue.
In the book, readers are introduced to five sections: Section I examines the historical and cultural perspectives of conversation. This examination helps to create a foundation for a deeper study of the emergent and salient aspects of conversation as it relates to cultural creativity and human systems design. Sections II offers the reader an examination of dialogue through different philosophical and theoretical perspectives as well as methodological ideas related to conversation. Section III explores different modalities of conversation and the application of design conversation within and across various types of design settings and human experiences. Section IV examines the field of practice as related to use of different forms of conversation. Here various authors will share their different approaches to conversation and their reflections and insights in using conversation in a variety of settings. Concluding the book, Section V reflectively examines the authors' contributions to the book and provides the reader with a focus on the future.
 

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Contents

Dialogue Conversation as Culture Creating and Consciousness Evolving
3
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES OF CONVERSATION
15
Wholeness Regained Revisiting Bohm s Dialogue
17
Martin Buber and Mikhail Bakhtin The Dialogue of Voices and the Word That is Spoken
29
Designing Communities of ideas for the Human WellBeing
41
Dialogue and Spirituality The Art of Being Human in a Changing World
71
Transforming Communities Personcentered Encounters and the Creation of Integral Conscious Groups
105
My Dialogue with Dialogue
137
Carnival and Dialogue Opening New Conversations
277
MODALITIES OF CONVERSATION
289
PostFormal Conversation
291
Future Search Conversation
323
Dialogue and Improvisation Developing Capability for Highly Effective Conversations
335
The Conditions for Thriving Conversations
357
PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF CONVERSATION
369
A Community Round Table An Experiment with a SelfOrganizing Conversation
371

PERSPECTIVES ON DIALOGUE CONVERSATION
159
The Five Dimensions of the Practice of Bohms Dialogue
161
Facilitating a Global Conversation through the Universal
193
Become Aware A Dialogical Approach To Consciousness
217
Doing and Talking Schools Complexity and Conversation
241
Bohms Journey to Dialogue A Look at Its Roots
255
Conversation in the Corporate World
379
Conversation and the Development of Learning Communities
393
REFLECTIONS ON SEARCHING TOGETHER FOR THE FUTURE
425
Creating Future Socities Reflections on Searching Together
427
Index
437
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About the author (2005)

Bela H. Banathy (1919-2003) was president of International Systems Institute, and professor of systems inquiries at Saybrook Institute in San Francisco.