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HELD IN THE SPIRIT OF
DAVID BOHM'S IDEAS
Bohm Dialogue (often referred to simply as Dialogue by its proponents) is conducted in groups of 10 to 40 people, who sit in a single circle for a few hours during regular ongoing meetings, or for a few days in a workshop environment. Participants "suspend" their thoughts, motives, impulses and judgments – exploring and attempting to "think together" collectively.
According to the proposal, Dialogue should not be confused with discussion, lecture, discourse or debate, which, says Bohm, all suggest working towards a goal. Meeting without an objective or agenda is advocated to create a "free space" for something new to possibly happen. Dialoguers hope to create a synthesis of new experiences that none of them have ever previously experienced. They hope that Dialogue can transform how people are able to interact socially. They patiently sit with frustration so they can reap the rewards of new perspectives and gain appreciation and the ability to use new thinking styles.
Below are some David Bohm quotes, from "On Dialogue" by David Bohm, edited by Lee Nichol, London 1996, Routledge.
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