Ground Rules for Dialogue

  • The purpose of dialogue is to understand and learn from one another.   You cannot “win” a dialogue
  • All dialogue participants speak for themselves, not as representatives of groups or special interests
  • Treat everyone in a dialogue as an equal: leave role, status and stereotypes at the door
  • Be open and listen to others even when you disagree; try not to rush to judgment
  • Search for assumptions (especially your own)
  • Look for common ground
  • Keep dialogue and decision-making separate (dialogue comes first)

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