Welcome to the Dialogue.

Dialogic Action CIC

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Equity-based Dialogue for Social Change

Dialogica works in the field of neurodiversity, providing safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environments where all who are impacted by misunderstandings and exclusion can come together to foster improved relationships, share experiences and develop common understanding and acceptance, for better lives, work and vocations.

We are the creators and first generation facilitators of the Autism Dialogue Approach®, a powerful, equity-based model for developing understanding, increasing acceptance, improving conditions for autistic people and supporting better action for autism and neurodiversity.

Our team are certified professionals with many years experience designing and developing programmes. We each have our own specialist coaching and mentoring work that drives the enterprise.

The Autism Dialogue Approach®

Autism is from a Greek word literally meaning ‘self’. Supported by set of easily learned skills, we facilitate a mindful enquiry to help restore wholeness and sense of self to individuals and their organisational, community and family systems. Dia-logue (Greek roots; ‘through’ and ‘relational’) aims to facilitate deep, collective communication, addressing fragmentation and ultimately the return to selfhood. In this new type of psycho-social group coaching, we are sensitive to the complexities of the oppressed minority stuck in fragmented systems. ADA aids mental recovery, reduces anxiety, improves personal wellbeing and restores harmony to the whole, to instil a sense of deeper potential and cohesion. Autism is a catalyst for profound concerns in all fields of communication and ADA provides a sustained, collective enquiry that ultimately aims to address the human crisis of communication and loss of selfhood.

Professional Dialogue

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To appreciate the true power of Dialogue, it is important to differentiate the word from other definitions. This special form of group conversation involves an agreement to engage in open and honest sharing of thinking, by free exchange, without agenda. It’s a place where everyone can experience everyone else’s point of view fully and equally and ‘unity in diversity’ can be reached. Skilled facilitators carefully and safely encourage a sense of equity and authenticity via the group’s dynamics, thinking and language. The Dialogue approach shifts stuck patterns, releases potential and generates new knowledge, allowing everyone to learn experientially and enable right action together. A range of easily learned skills, led by the Dialogue Practices help to deepen insight and trust for forging new solutions and action, both individually and collectively.

1-2-1 Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring is formed of the helping relationship; a creative, thought-provoking process to help heal, inspire and maximise potential, which can be personal, vocational or both. Coaching is a skilled process which uses deep listening, appreciation and enquiry, providing deep insight and personal encouragement. Read about our certified coaches.

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Watch our presentation at the Scottish Autism Conference, May 12th, 2022

Training

  • Dialogue Awareness Training – boost your listening and communication skills by applying powerful dialogic modes – for senior management and team leaders – groups of 6 to 25.
  • Autism Dialogue Coach-Facilitator Training – we will support you to undertake training as a coach to eventually run your own accredited Autism Dialogue® programme, through your organisation or employer. (Accredited coaches may advance to the Autism Dialogue module.)
  • Deepening Mentoring – for mentors working with autistic and other students who need a helping hand.
    For all training enquiries please get in touch.

Mindfulness for Autism

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Mindfulness is an essential element of Dialogue. There are specific tools to increase self-awareness and aid communication with self and others. Mindfulness could even be seen as the fifth dialogic practice and is an essential part of life for our lead facilitators and where suitable it is integrated into dialogue, coaching and mentoring work for participants and clients. Derived from many years experience and knowledge accumulation of the field, we have now developed a dedicated new Mindfulness programme, adapted for autism-sensitive settings and found to be especially beneficial for autistic and neurodivergent individuals and their allies. More information.

Change Consultancy

Our Generative Change model is a transformational approach where dialogic coach consultants are partners and peers to the organisation over time. Strategy, Culture and Leadership are the three fundamental change areas and processes that must work in alignment to form a holistic generative approach. We provide the essential support to form, develop and unfold these elements, to help all of an organisation’s people live more actively in the work, day-to-day.

Research

Our research consultant and director is Hanne De Jaegher, philosopher of mind, cognitive science and participatory sense-making. Three other directors have postgraduate qualifications in Autism. Dialogue is social science with existential, phenomenological and anthropological underpinnings, and doesn’t share all of scientific ethos that mainstream cognitive science invites. Analogous to the equity design of Dialogue, research is embedded into a fully participatory practice.  Design, production and reporting are all carried out together with participants. We have a lot of anecdotal evidence drawn from our own co-produced evaluations, including use of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS, Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988) and we are working tentatively with external researchers into scientific validity of different iterations and contexts of our Approach. We are always happy to hear from researchers with questions and proposal ideas.

Origins of Dialogue

The word dialogue is made from the Greek words dia, meaning across or between and legein, meaning to speak.  In this way we can see words and meaning flowing across and between our ever-changing perceptions of our selves. Quantum Scientist Professor David Bohm advocated for a new mode of language he called the rheo-mode, which would give more emphasis to the verb instead of our noun-based language. Here at Dialogica, this approach to a more flowing, holistic language correlates with the fundamental experience of autism, a phenomena of our time (relating to the nature of self in its very name) and manifests as ‘the perception of the forming of experience’ (Manning, 2015). Read more about the Autism Dialogue Approachhere.

David Bohm
Professor David Bohm (d.1982)

David Bohm was concerned with the crisis of communication in society that he said leads to fragmentation of consciousness and society. He developed a primary technique of group dialogue, along with Peter Garrett and Donald Factor in the 1980’s. Our concerns delve beyond the ‘crisis of communication’ into addressing the fragmentation of ‘being’ and ‘interbeing’ and a perceived loss of selfhood, so prevalent in our world.

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