Disciplined dialogues for transformation

Peter Jones Dialogic Design, Transformation Design, Wu Wei

Our non-profit dialogic design organization (Institute for 21st Century Agoras) is currently underway with an international dialogue being convened for over the next two weeks with scholars, designers, educators, and activists on the question: “In the context of Obama’s vision for engaging stakeholders from all walks of life in a bottom-up democracy employing Internet technology, what factors do we anticipate will emerge as inhibitors to the actualization of his vision?” Our intention is to create a consensus mapping of the factors that must be anticipated, negotiated, and mediated to accomplish the revolutionary goals of the next era of the American vision. As people worldwide have a stake in the restoration of values and revisioning of the American promise, we have participants from nearly every continent. This engagement of US, Canadian, German, South African, Greek, Mexican, Australian, and UK participants is multisynchronic – mediated across multiple times, time zones, and places …

Opening Space for Community Dialogue

Peter Jones Dialogic Design, Wu Wei

In Dayton, Toronto, and everywhere I’m seeing increased passion for people creating opportunities for community dialogue to enable people facing local concerns in common to exchange and cooperate. In most cases, we see the co-emergence of the need to facilitate occasions for real face-to-face dialogues and to sustain efforts and action by online social networking. Both of these applications of social technology are practices of collaborative sensemaking, ways of working together for all participants to progressively understand a situation and its range of options for action. As GK van Patter suggests in NextD Journal articles, sensemaking by all stakeholders is necessary before changemaking, before what we think of as “designing.” Our Designing with Dialogue group facilitated a community dialogue at The Storefront Community, a literal storefront community center in the Bloorcourt neighborhood in Toronto. The purpose of the session was to enable community members and other stakeholders in the Storefront …