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Deep Democracy: Dialogue Guidelines

A helpful list to guide conversations that are true dialogues, not discussion or debate.

>>In a community that practices deep democracy, every voice matters, though not all will get exactly what they want. Deep democracy is far more than just a majoritarian vote version of democracy after brief debate and/or discussion. Dialogue focuses on understanding each other and fosters more equitable relationships and connection. In practice, dialogue can also lead to those participating changing their mindsets, often in ways nobody could have predicted ahead of time. But changing minds is not the focus of dialogue, it is a possible and common outcome. When it does happen, if often leads to a better resolution of the conflict being addressed, than debate or discussion or a quick vote would. New ideas can come up and also be explored together.<<

Deep Democracy: Dialogue Guidelines – by Jone Johnson Lewis (