Thursday, June 23, 2005


Andrew Taylor has some great tidbits on his site today. He's talking to an audience of artists and arts administrators, but I think teachers, politicians, bosses, and principals should take a peak as well.

Tidbit 1
We've grown used to the "lecture," the assumption that we know what is good and valuable, that we have the wisdom society so desperately needs, and that our job is to talk until they understand. . .

Tidbit 2
Speaking is necessary, of course, for without it there would be little in the Dialogue to explore. But the actual process of exploration takes place during listening -- not only to others but to oneself. Suspension involves exposing your reactions, impulses, feelings and opinions in such a way that they can be seen and felt within your own psyche and also be reflected back by others in the group. . .

Tidbit 3
A Dialogue is essentially a conversation between equals. Any controlling authority, no matter how carefully or sensitively applied, will tend to hinder and inhibit the free play of thought and the often delicate and subtle feelings that would otherwise be shared. Dialogue is vulnerable to being manipulated, but its spirit is not consistent with this. Hierarchy has no place in Dialogue.

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