Our community has become so polarized that we rarely have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with people who hold different views. If we do get the chance, the exchange often becomes a shouting match. Dialogue offers a different approach. Instead of a debate with two sides speaking from their positions, dialogue invites participants to share their personal experiences, values, emotions, and even hesitations. Dialogue uncovers complexity and cultivates connection.
Through dialogue, we aim to challenge our assumptions and arrive at a deeper understanding of our conversation partner, and ourselves. It can even be fun!
In this interactive workshop, participants will:
- Gain insight into their own cognitive and emotional processes
- Practice strategies for navigating heated exchanges
- Learn to share their views in a way that can be heard
- Discover the joys of dialogue!
The workshop will be held over Zoom over the course of three weeks. The three sessions build on each other, so please plan to attend all three.
9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 5, Thursday, Aug. 12, and Thursday, Aug. 19
To RSVP for this workshop, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/mediation and click on Upcoming Training and Events.