Kenneth Gergen Defines Transformative Dialogue

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      [Transformative Dialogue]

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      KENNETH J. GERGEN: I try to look at transformative dialogueas a particular kind of dialogue.I mean, you could say, look, thereare numerous sorts of dialogue that we have available.Even an argument is a dialogue.Let's look at transformative dialogueas that kind of set of practices, dialogic practicesthat are needed to bring two competing orientations, two

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      KENNETH J. GERGEN [continued]: competing realities, understandings of morality,or whatever together in such a way that they begin to fuse.They they begin to transform each other in such a waythat the conflict that otherwise would existwould essentially dissolve, or at least be lessened.

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      KENNETH J. GERGEN [continued]: How can we come to understand each other, you might say,in such a way that you are part of me,and that I am part of you?Now, practically speaking, what thishas meant for a number of us is tryingto ask what practices enable us to do that.And to begin to scan the array of kinds of dialogic practices,

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      KENNETH J. GERGEN [continued]: particularly that are used in peace building,and ask, what are the elements of those practices,and could we make a-- you might saya vocabulary of possible practicesthat people could draw from in any particular condition,putting them together to engenderthose sorts of dialogues.

Kenneth Gergen Defines Transformative Dialogue

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Professor Kenneth Gergen describes transformative dialogue as a practice that brings together competing perspectives in a way that they begin to fuse.

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Kenneth Gergen Defines Transformative Dialogue

Professor Kenneth Gergen describes transformative dialogue as a practice that brings together competing perspectives in a way that they begin to fuse.

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