Let’s look at what Talking Together IS and what it IS NOT, and how you can be involved.
What Talking Together IS
- Talking Together is a process for respectful, civil interaction on any content
- Talking Together is training and practice in skills needed to have tough conversations
- Talking Together helps differentiate between dialogue, discussion and debate, and helps each person accept their responsibility for staying in dialogue
- Talking Together is work in building environments where trust becomes possible, by experiencing foundation stones for creating a culture of courtesy- work done under trained facilitators
- Talking Together is a process that was created for situations of conflict, transition and decision making with leadership trained to adapt the process as needed for current content and evolving experience, and has been utilized effectively for over a decade in local systems and systems across the country
- Talking Together is based in proven theories for self and other awareness, group dynamics, bereavement and conflict that promote living and working together effectively in creative dissonance What Talking Together is Not
What Talking Together is NOT
- Talking Together is not the only answer to differences of opinions, conflict or tough conversations. It is one proven way.
- It is not, in itself, an answer to power differentials that can prevent a mix of socioeconomic diversities from entering the conversation. It can be new awarenesses of how to create safe spaces and processes for inclusive conversations.
- It is not a ‘quick fix,’ rather, a process that leads to practice that can lead to long term change.
- It is not a canned and therefore stagnant approach, but a lifelong commitment to a way of being and doing in the world.