To help this experience go well for everyone who wishes to engage in this dialogue, I offer the following house rules. Can we:
1. try and own our comments. By which I mean come from the place of the ‘I’ and our own experience, not ‘you’ and our mind’s critical judgement.
2. take some time if possible to review David Bohm’s short book On Dialogue. In it he suggests some fantastic principles on communication, listening and dialogue. Lifted from the back cover it says, ‘David identified creative dialogue, a sharing of assumptions and understanding, as a means by which the individual and society as a whole, can learn more about themselves and others, and achieve a renewed sense of purpose.’
3. sharpen up our ‘listening skills’ before commenting.
4. find the place of love in our hearts before hitting the keys.
5. keep comments within a 300 word count.