Dialogue: A Proposal - David Bohm, Donald Factor and Peter Garret

Dialogue: A Proposal

Dialogue, as we are choosing to use the word, is a way of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity today. It enables inquiry into, and understanding of, the sorts of processes that fragment and interfere with real communication between individuals, nations and even different parts of the same organization. In our modern culture men and women are able to interact with one another in many ways: they can sing dance or play together with little difficulty but their ability to talk together about subjects that matter deeply to them seems invariable to lead to dispute, division and often to violence. In our view this condition points to a deep and pervasive defect in the process of human thought.

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A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life - Parker J Palmer

A Hidden Wholeness

In A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer reveals the same compassionate intelligence and informed heart that shaped his best–selling books Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach. Here he speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives—lives that are congruent with our inner truth—in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation. Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives. Defining a "circle of trust" as "a space between us that honors the soul," he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living "divided no more."

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The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies for Building a Learning Organization - Charlotte Roberts, Art Kleiner, Richard B Ross

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This book is for people who want to learn, especially while treading the fertile ground of organisational life. It is for people who want to make their organisations more effective, while realising their personal visions. And it is for managers facing an array of problems which resist current ways of thinking, managers who want to know: "How do I fix things?' You can't just "fix things," at least not permanently. You can apply theories, methods and tools, increasing your own skills in the process. You can find and instill new guiding ideas. And you can experiment with redesigning your organisation's infrastructure.

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Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together: A Pioneering Approach to Communicating in Business and in Life - William Issacs

Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together

Modern conversation is a lot like nuclear physics, argues William Isaacs. Lots of atoms zoom around, many of which just rush past each other. But others collide, creating friction. Even if our atomic conversations don't turn contentious, they often just serve to establish each participant's place in the cosmos. One guy shares a statistic he's privy to, another shares another fact, and on and on. Each person fires off a titbit, pauses to reload while someone else talks, then fires off another. In Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together, Isaacs explains how we can do better than that.

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Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson

Three Cups of Tea

Here we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything - even die' - Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan. In 1993, after a terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson drifted, cold and dehydrated, into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to return and build a school. "Three Cups of Tea" is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools - especially for girls - in remote villages across the forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.

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Napoleon the Great – Andrew Roberts

Napoleon the Great

Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just twenty years, from October 1795 when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended..

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Insight Dialogue – Gregory Kramer

Insight Dialogue

Gregory Kramer speaks with us about his book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, and his work at Metta.org. The wonderful thing about our practice is that it isn't dependent on a particular ideological point of view. One can do the practice within or without the context of a religous setting. We're seeing more and more that traditional ways of describing the overall engagement with the present moment, and its implications for social engagement, are being put into language that may be more approachable to a contemporary Western audience.

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Reading the Room – David Kantor

Reading the Room

In this innovative book, renowned psychologist David Kantor applies his research and theory of structural dynamics to the workplace to show how individual leaders and coaches can develop their own skills in understanding group dynamics and apply this understanding to improve organizational communication and performance. Reading the Room provides guidelines for understanding the differences between communication in low stakes and high stakes situations, a framework for improving leadership behavior in crisis, and action strategies to enhance leadership development through organizational approaches and accelerated team performance.

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The giving tree – Shel Silverstein

The giving tree

The Giving Tree is a classic and moving story by Shel Silverstein. Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

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Where the sidewalk ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the sidewalk ends
  • If you are a dreamer, come in,
  • If you are a dreamer,
  • A wisher, a liar,
  • A hope-er, a pray-er,
  • A magic bean buyer . . .

  • Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

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