From dialogue to creative conversation

Changing the way we see and do things

From dialogue to creative conversation
From cultivating a culture of dialogue to the art of creative conversation
From cultivating a culture of dialogue to exploring opportunities to learn, contribute, and create
From cultivating a culture of dialogue to exciting creative conversation with ideas, questions, and possibilities.

Changing the way we talk about things
Changing the way we talk with one another
Changing from getting what we want to creating connections and relationships and ideas.

My contribution to the conversation and to the idea of cultivating a culture of dialogue.
Dialogue is getting to yes between ideas.
Dialogue brings people to agreement. Creative conversation excites creative enterprise.
Conversation opens the possibility of exploring for overlooked alternatives, – and for ideas that contribute more to all the communities of interests involved

The difference between dialogue and creative conversation and what’s in it for us.

How to benefit from and contribute to a creative conversation.
Make observations.
Ask questions.
Explore the connections.
Contribute ideas with information and why and how they could contribute.
Explore the contribution of the experience to our understanding, and appreciation, and ideas.

Cultivating a culture of dialogue
A pocket Guide from Dialogue Programs, Continuing Studies, – Simon Fraser University

The spirit of dialogue is guided by a give and take in the mutual search for meaning:
Be generous of spirit: stay open to new ideas and perspectives
Be disciplined in your participation: brief, focused, and on topic
Speak personally: share good stories of living experience rather than set opinions or pet preoccupations
Listen past defenses, past the familiar, past the certainties
Inquire into assumptions: ask, e.g. What do you mean? Tell me more. What leads you to believe this? How are you personally affected?
SFU Dialogue Program
We want to change how people talk about things

Creative Conversation as a learning experience, – creating connections, exploring ideas, exploring for ideas and opportunities for creative enterprise and creative relationships

Behaviour that contributes to our ability to learn, to contribute, and to create connections, relationships, and possibilities for creative enterprise

Why am I in the conversation?
To learn, to contribute, and to create connections between ideas, interests, and opportunities

What do I want to contribute?
To contribute to changing the way we talk about things and talk with one another

What are our interests? Why are we contributing to the conversation? Why are we creating the conversation?

Conscious appreciative exploration, observation, and consideration of information, ideas, and points of view contributed and the experience, context, and interests of contributors to the conversation

Introducing ourselves with our story
Make a contribution rather than get a point across
Be respectful of people’s time

Explore for opportunities to contribute an idea or different way of seeing things or create a connection.

Creative Conversation
Exciting an interest in exploring for new ideas, – and exploring new ideas

Who leads the conversation? It doesn’t matter if the process is clear and everyone contributes and behaves like a leader, – asking questions, – connecting contributions to our interests, – exploring relationships between ideas, interests, information, and stories. Stories are learning experiences. We contribute stories from our learning experiences as learning opportunities to explore. The story of Lunapads

We want to create a community, – not an outcome, -and creative relationships, – not an answer

Not enduring relationships or sustainable agreements, – talking about issues or opportunities

Moving to creative conversation around ideas or opportunities, – ideas about what might be possible, – about possibilities, – to opportunities to do what is possible

If we are in the conversation we have an interest, idea, or opportunity to explore.

Opportunities for people to contribute with intellectual disabilities, – or other disabilities of understanding, interest, or opportunity

Identify opportunities, active contributors, and process for creating a plan, – for the process of planning, – for the process of creating the plan, – or the story of the common enterprise around our common interests

From strategies to processes

From increasing participation rates to creating opportunities to contribute

From citizens as a great resource to connecting our community to opportunities to contribute and create

Gather active contributors.

The communities of practice that occurs in the cohorts, – and how could they contribute to other conversations from their point of view and their abilities

Why do it
Citizens are resources, – the resources are in our community, – because the ideas, the entrepreneurs, the leaders, and the creative contributors, resources, and relationships are our community resources and contribute to creating our community, – and to improving the quality of life and experience of connectedness of the community

Creative – making it happen
Resource – the contribution – the possibilities
Relationships – the contribution – the possibilities to increase contribution – opportunities at the margin

Who should be involved in the conversation and why? What roles and contributions are we looking for?

Working with communities to improve their process and their learning around opportunities for creative community enterprise

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