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Free ‘Dialogue’ workshops start Saturday

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Space is still available in the first of a monthly series of free Dialogues workshops from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in Nevada City.

These dialogues, in the style of quantum physicist David Bohm, are convened and facilitated by nonprofit consultant, Jane Calbreath M.A., of Collaborative Solutions.

Bohm worked with Krishnamurti in the mid-’80s to go into thought process and change the way thought process occurs collectively in groups.

Principles of Dialogue from Wikipedia, include:

1. The group has no goal to achieve. “In the dialogue group we are not going to decide what to do about anything. This is crucial. Otherwise we are not free. We must have an empty space where we are not obliged to anything, nor to come to any conclusions, nor to say anything or not say anything. It’s open and free” (Bohm, “On Dialogue”, p. 18-19.)”

2. Everyone agrees to suspend judgment in the conversation. Specifically, if you hear an idea you don’t like, you do not attack that idea. “… people in any group will bring to it assumptions, and as the group continues meeting, those assumptions will come up. What is called for is to suspend those assumptions, so that you neither carry them out nor suppress them. You don’t believe them, nor do you disbelieve them; you don’t judge them as good or bad…(Bohm, “On Dialogue”, p. 22.)”

3. As individuals “suspend judgment” they also simultaneously are as honest and transparent as possible. Specifically, if you have a “good idea” that you might otherwise hold back from the group because it may be unpopular or controversial, you are invited to share that idea in this conversation.

4. Individuals in the conversation build on other people’s sharing. The group often comes up with ideas that are far beyond what any of the individuals thought possible.

To sign up, RSVP to jane.calbreath@gmail.com for location and more information. No prior experience is required and there is no fee to attend. Space is limited.

To learn more about this project, contact åjane.calbreath@gmail.com or call 415.596-8873.

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