Conversation is more than communication Conversation shapes our lives

Face to face Conversation is far more than just communication. When we have a Conversation, we don’t just exchange information. That’s what computers do. It’s not what people do. People filter, interpret and elaborate on what they hear. Everyone does this differently. Two people can hear the same thing and take away very different ideas. … Continue reading Conversation is more than communication Conversation shapes our lives

Real Conversation * There is more to conversation than just talking or exchanging messages

I often ask people in my Knowledge Cafés whether they think we can have real conversations that are mediated in some way through technology or if conversations are only ever real conversations if they are face-to-face. Can you have a conversation by exchanging handwritten letters or through email? Or exchanging SMS messages or in an … Continue reading Real Conversation * There is more to conversation than just talking or exchanging messages

Conversation Dinners A meal and a conversation with a stranger

The idea of the Conversation Dinner comes from the work of the historian, philosopher, and conversationalist Theodore Zeldin, founder of The Oxford Muse. The Process A Conversation Dinner or Conversation Meal seats two strangers together who have never met or know each other only a little for an interesting conversation that goes beyond small talk. A … Continue reading Conversation Dinners A meal and a conversation with a stranger

Debate

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

Dialogue

First published in Knowledge Management Magazine, December 1999 I believe that much of what is written and said about knowledge management misses a fundamental point.Herbert Spencer, the philosopher, is quoted as saying: Herbert Spencer, the philosopher, is quoted as saying: “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” In a recent interview, Michael … Continue reading Dialogue