Dialogue Workshops


Dialogue, 2018. Chris Braddock and participants. AUT University, Auckland, NZ.

Dialogue suggests “a stream of meaning flowing among and through us and between us. This will make possible a flow of meaning in the whole group, out of which will emerge some new understanding. It’s something new, which may not have been in the starting point at all. It’s something creative. In this shared meaning is the ‘glue’ or ‘cement’ that holds people and societies together” (David Bohm, Schouten & Nelissen: 2).

In these Dialogue Workshops participants try to have an open ‘dialogue’, as proposed by the quantum physicist David Bohm; where people need to try not to take the lead or to dominate, or to begin explaining about things they know and so on. We attempt, in the words of Bohm, “a stream of meaning flowing among and through us and between us” where something new and creative may emerge. If we defend opinions we may not be able to have dialogue. We may have to use tacit knowledge (like that required to ride a bicycle says Bohm) which tends to be a shared process in common.