Dialogue

When dialogue works, new knowledge emerges.

Professional Dialogues are facilitated group conversation programmes, which help to guide a group into an aligned way of thinking together. It is used in organisations at all levels and communities all over the world. It’s a fascinating and highly effective approach, powerful in its simplicity when facilitated correctly.

Dialogue is a special form of group conversation that facilitates open and honest sharing of thinking, by free exchange, without an agenda. In dialogue, everyone can experience everyone else’s point of view fully and equally. We support each other to observe thinking, learning how to create a better environment together. There is a set of easily learned skills called The Dialogue Practices that help to deepen insight and grow understanding and trust to generate new knowledge and possible solutions, both individually and collectively.

Facilitation

Facilitation is a fundamental element of effective Dialogue and a highly skilled role. We have many years experience in different fields. Our focus is in autism, neurodiversity, inclusion, cross-cultural development, creativity and healthcare, working with organisations and schools and with autistic people, university students, therapists, educators, researchers, family members and their support networks. We work with you and want to hear from you.

Origins

David Bohm
‘Bohm Dialogue’ is named after quantum physicist David Bohm (above), who was concerned with the crisis of communication in society that he said leads to fragmentation of consciousness and society.

Bohm developed a primary technique of group dialogue, along with Peter Garrett and Donald Factor in the 1980’s. Garrett and Jane Ball founded Prison Dialogue in the 90’s and in 2017, the Academy of Professional Dialogue, of which we are a member and who have been highly instrumental in our development. Jane is now an integral part of our team, as is fellow Academy member, Jackie Elliott.

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. 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 appears to correlate with the fundamental experience of autism, a phenomena of our time (relating to the nature of self in its very name) and said to be the perception of the forming of experience (Manning, 2015).

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We also provide Professional Excellence in Autism training workshops for employers and work/career coaches, Autism Dialogue, consultations & advice, speaking engagements and bespoke workshops.

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