chapter  Chapter Eleven
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Dialogue and Institution

WithMarcella Sires

The Art of Dialogue is a difficult one for many people to master. Dialogue does not only imply two people talking with each other, but more pointedly, it describes the process of two different voices being expressed and being heard clearly. Paying attention to clear self-expression and taking the responsibility for and ownership of one’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs is but one movement within the entire process of dialoguing. Another of these moments, beautiful in its simplicity and equally as difficult to accomplish, is the Art of Listening. Active listening is listening with an open mind and an open heart and with the great hope of actually trying to come to an adequate understanding of the point of view of the other. Dialogue involves an openness to change.