The Incredible Power of Silence in Learning

Participants relishing their productive silence at the October 2014 Foundations of Dialogue Education workshop in San Diego, CA With the speed of life and technology, it seems that many of us are managing our lives in 10-minute increments. Even that 10 minutes can be difficult to protect with the “ding” of incoming e-mail, the “whistle” of […]

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Fire, Flora, and Food: Lessons from Abroad Enliven Dialogue Education

Winding our way through Bali last spring, we observed people throughout the island offer small, hand-woven baskets to their gods. These daily baskets were lovingly filled with sandalwood incense, fresh flowers, and a local food item such as fish, or other real food, makanan asli. The Bali baskets beautifully summarize Dialogue Education (DE) for me. Dialogue […]

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The Art and Skill of Engaging People

As more leaders recognize that working in silos does not achieve the extraordinary results that can come with cross-department, cross-discipline, cross-sectoral collaboration, the question then becomes: “How do we engage people?”  Humanity now seems to be shifting beyond me to we, beyond sales to service and beyond ambition to inspiration. Many people seek meaningful contribution—more than […]

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Inclusion Means ALL

I have a raging new agenda: inclusion. I believe this agenda will be a great challenge to me and to all Dialogue Educators since we see the value in small groups working together to learn via learning tasks. In the words of Danah Zohar, we want to hear "a chorus of conversations" as learners engage with tough new […]

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Dialogue Education in the University: Creating the Environment for Learning

This is just one resource in a series to support the application of Dialogue Education to higher education.  For more resources, we invite you to check out our Teaching at the University collection.   By Jeanette Romkema and Dan Haase NOTE: These tips were written with the undergraduate professor and students in face-to-face full-time learning environment […]

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Bringing the Sacred into Learning

 The above image was drawn on one of our tables by a participant over the period of our 7-day course. Last week we had the honor of teaching the course Designing Learner-Centered Training for Conflict Transformation at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Each year the students gather […]

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Beta, Baby!

By Marian Darlington-Hope and Karen Ridout The Internet increasingly provides a multitude of tools that provide opportunities for learning. At the Building Learning Communities Conference a few years ago, the title of one presentation declared “It’s no more Best Practices, it’s Beta, Baby.” We are all in Beta mode as we discover and explore these […]

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