Reflecting Guidelines

Ideas for dialogical practice

For communities to be successful, the members must trust and come from their strengths

1. Suspend assumptions and keep an open mind. A dialogue is a shared quest for meaning.
2. Lift every voice. Our intention is to lift everyone’s voice higher. Make sure every voice is heard.
3. Honor our differences. We can honor our differences without trying to reconcile them. Wonder, “Where is our common ground?” How do we walk the journey together?
4. We create meaning together (a “memorandum of understanding”). Without others meaning breaks down, value is lost, and the team loses its vitality.
5. Create a safe place. There must be a “safe container” created for the conversation, a place without hostility or fear.
6. Observe and listen to one another. Also listen to your own inner voice.
7. Be appreciative, attentive and respectful, allow space for the other without interrupting and offer positive rather than judging comments or questions