I attended the Dialogue Community of Practice in Edinburgh on 26th March. The theme for the day was The Dialogue Community of Practice Blossoms.
In the morning, the metaphor of the dandelion’s seeds blowing in the wind captured the idea of growth and spreading the word. I don’t know how you feel, but I know that my understanding and confidence in this approach is growing and I now feel better equipped to consciously incorporate it in my practice.
What impressed me in the quality of the conversations I was privileged to be part of was the depth of the connection between the members of the group. How wonderful it is to feel connected in that way! Conversation becomes real, respect is high and we are all valued in the way we wish to be valued. The ability to challenge ourselves and others becomes easy. The listening and learning deepen.
This is why Dialogue is so important. Given the choice between conversations which get ‘stuck’ with people focusing on their own agenda and conversations which are generative and fruitful, with people working well together, most – if not all – of us would choose the latter.
The range of topics that are now the order of the day provide choice for those who are new to Dialogue and those who aren’t. If you haven’t been to one of the events before, don’t be a stranger! You can come along and join in the group that looks at what Dialogue is. Or if you are a ‘frequent flyer’, come and deepen your awareness by looking at Dialogue in relation to teams and systems, health and social care integration, storytelling or emotion.
The next meeting is on Friday 9th May in Stirling. Make it your springtime resolution to be part of this growing community!