Diversity and Dialogue: Critical Elements for Collective Intelligence

By Mary Ann Kahl and Valerie Schmitz.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Effective dialogue is critical in examining the aspects of diversity in a global world and globalized society. Unlike debate, dialogue is a conversation in which people think together in a relationship. Based upon the work of William Isaacs, thinking together involves relaxing the grip on certainty and listening to the possibilities that result from being in relationship with others. Our work stems from the development of international literature circle dialogue with school children as we witnessed first hand the “diversity dialogue”. This work has also allowed us to experience “knowing” childhood from a global perspective. Building upon our facilitation of children’s international dialogue and as well as our work with facilitating dialogues of peace with adult populations, we believe that dialogic experiences rich with diversity can be a powerful tool in exposing our collective intelligence. This workshop will present tools and strategies for framing and witnessing dialogue as a foundation for the realization of this shared wisdom.

Keywords: Dialogue, Collective Intelligence

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.105-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 596.617KB).

Dr. Mary Ann Kahl

Co-Founder, Teach Me Peace/National Louis University Milwaukee, WI, Belfast, USA

Mary Ann Kahl, Ed.D. and Valerie Schmitz, Ph.D. are the founders and primary hosts of Teach Me Peace, a 501c3 nonprofit organization and instructors with National Louis University. They have over 50 years combined experience working in K-12 private and public education as well as in university settings. Their work experiences includes that of classroom teaching, school administration, professional course design, professional speaking and university instruction. Their strong beliefs that both adults and children learn not only through cognitive processes but also through sensory, emotional, and spiritual pathways has guided their work in designing learning experiences.

Dr. Valerie Schmitz

Co-Founder, Teach Me Peace/National Louis University Milwaukee, WI, Belfast, USA

Mary Ann Kahl, Ed.D. and Valerie Schmitz, Ph.D. are the founders and primary hosts of Teach Me Peace, a 501c3 nonprofit organization and instructors with National Louis University. They have over 50 years combined experience working in K-12 private and public education as well as in university settings. Their work experiences includes that of classroom teaching, school administration, professional course design, professional speaking and university instruction. Their strong beliefs that both adults and children learn not only through cognitive processes but also through sensory, emotional, and spiritual pathways has guided their work in designing learning experiences.

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