Brainstorming Meetings ** Maybe debate is going to be less pleasant, but it will always be more productive

During my corporate life, I never liked brainstorming. It just never worked for me. And I wasn’t convinced it worked well for others either. Brainstorming sessions can be conducted in all sorts of ways, and it could be that I just had some bad experiences, but I am not so sure. Some time ago, I … Continue reading Brainstorming Meetings ** Maybe debate is going to be less pleasant, but it will always be more productive

Knowledge Café Principles: Dialogue not debate ** Everyone should be prepared to emerge a slightly different person

The conversation is about dialogue, not debate. In the words of the Oxford Historian Theodore Zeldin, “Everyone should be prepared to emerge a slightly different person.” [Status: stub] Last updated: 26th May, 2017 Continue reading Knowledge Café Principles: Dialogue not debate ** Everyone should be prepared to emerge a slightly different person

Debate ** Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it

The only way that someone can be of help to you is by challenging your ideas. Credit: Anthony de Mello   Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it. Credit: Edward De Bono   Unfortunately, we are so steeped in debate, proving one’s point and challenging others, that alternative possibilities for interaction … Continue reading Debate ** Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it

Knowledge Café Debate * Debate sharpens up the important aspects of the issue under discussion

The debate part of a Café Debate is clearly about debate but like regular Knowledge Cafés the Café conversation is still about dialogue – not debate. The debate serves to sharpen up and focus on the important aspects of the issue under discussion. Unlike a traditional debate the outcome is not some sort of verdict … Continue reading Knowledge Café Debate * Debate sharpens up the important aspects of the issue under discussion