by Lisa Schirch & David Campt
Who can't recall an uncomfortable moment at a holiday gathering when conversation turned divisively to religion, politics, or current events? Or a time in a public meeting when tensions boiled over among attendees?
Authors Schirch and Campt present a transforming and freshly hopeful approach to handling tension-filled topics using principles of dialogue. For conversations around the table, in the boardroom, within the community, or across the globe, "Dialogue allows people in conflict to listen to each other, affirm their common ground, and explore their differences in a safe environment."
This Little Book Covers:
* Dialogue vs. debate
* Inviting people to a dialogue process
* Key dialogue facilitation skills
* When to use dialogue
* Moving from dialogue to action
* Assessing dialogue effectiveness
Schirch has worked on conflict prevention and peace-building projects in more than 20 countries. Campt has focused on racial reconciliation and large-scale dialogue events in American cities. Many of the skills and the case studies they offer in this book come from their own wide experiences.
The word "dialogue" suffers from over-use, yet its practice is as transforming and as freshly hopeful as ever. Authors Schirch and Campt demonstrate dialogue's life and possibilities in this clear and absorbing manual: "Dialogue allows people in conflict to listen to each other, affirm their common ground, and explore their differences in a safe environment."
Published by Good Books.