The Value of Design:  A Student and Instructor Reflect on Why It Matters

By Dan Haase and Kyle Tennant  Dan Haase, left, talks with his student, Kyle Tennant. “The design bears the burden.” This is one of our favorite axioms of Jane Vella’s. Our experience with this truth came through a college graduate course entitled “Teaching for Transformation.” Before the class began, we realized we had a major problem […]

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Manage Your Power in the World – Dialogue Education and Parenting?

Usually we’re talking about workshops or courses or change initiatives when we talk about Dialogue Education, and the fact is, for as much as Dialogue Education is about learning, its roots in Paulo Freire’s theories of “liberation education” mean it’s also about managing our power in the world. Will we make decisions based on fear […]

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Naming the Work:  Employing Verbs in Facilitation

I collect verbs. Until recently I assumed I was the only eccentric out there, engaged in doing so, but then I was introduced to Darlene Goetzman’s Voracious Verbs cards for facilitators. She, too, collects verbs. The verbs I collect come from resumés and strategic plans, well chosen in those contexts to convey strategic and/or innovative activity: achievements in […]

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The Gift of Knowing – Da’at

I learned something this week: Da’at is the Hebrew word for knowing, knowledge that is powerful, participative, productive. Da’at is cognitive, affective, psychomotor knowing: ideas, feelings, actions interwoven and effective towards new behavior. Da’at is what the four year old is searching for when he says, “Me do!” Da’at is the renewed and reformed consciousness that […]

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10 Tips for Co-Facilitating

Teaching, training, or facilitating with someone else is very different from doing the same work on your own. Here are some tips to ensure you are successful: Check in with each other in advance. As soon as you know you will be working with each other, get together to plan. You need to agree on […]

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Towards a New Consciousness

Walter Brueggemann is a scholar of the Hebrew Scriptures. He says: Moses was not engaged in a struggle to transform a regime (in Egypt ); rather his concern was with the consciousness that undergirded and made such a regime possible.                  THE PROPHETIC IMAGINATION  p. 21 Reading this, I was blown away! I saw for […]

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10 Tips for Using Guidelines

Using guidelines during a learning or work event can be extremely helpful (and sometimes paramount to a successful session!). Below are a few things to keep in mind for ensuring they are relevant, needed, and meaningful. Use Guidelines for especially difficult groups or topics, multi-day events, or when you think issues around power may arise. […]

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A Few New Axioms

You are going to have to walk slowly to keep up with me! is my warning offered to those who dare to go for a walk with me these days. Another new axiom I am living by is Keep your eyes off the clock! Both of these speak to my predilection for “busy," for “productive," […]

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