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

Social silencing * A phenomenon where people don’t speak up for fear of social exclusion

The spiral of silence or social silencing is a phenomenon where people who think they hold a minority opinion don’t speak up for fear of social exclusion. This silencing not only manifests itself in small group conversations but in one-to-one conversations, meetings and more broadly in social media. It has much in common with the need … Continue reading Social silencing * A phenomenon where people don’t speak up for fear of social exclusion