One Response to “Focusing on the Structure of Engagement”

  1. lacquiparle Says:

    There are two things that can be done to help avoid the problem of dialogue being derailed by aggressive participants: (1) Any dialogue, whether by a small group in a living room or with a big group in a meeting hall, will benefit by having an agreed leader or moderator who is neutral. The moderator would not take a position on the issues but a pro-active moderator can largely set the tone of the meeting and help people keep their feet on the ground. (2) Fair minded people sometimes shrink from getting involved. It helps to actively recruit some people of good will but of varying viewpoints or different constituencies to attend a meeting and to encourage them to speak out.

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