"The winds and waves
are always on the side of the ablest navigators." Edward Gibbon
CONVERSATION AS A CHANGE AGENT
In the July/August 2002 issue of Utne Reader (www.utne.com),
Margaret Wheatley talks about how every great social achievement began with a
simple conversation. In her article, "Some Friends and I Started Talking...",
"A surprising but important element of conversation is a willingness to be
disturbed, to allow our beliefs and ideas to be challenged by what others think.
No one person or perspective can solve our problems. We have to be willing to
let go of our certainty and be confused for a time.
"Most of us weren't trained to admit what we don't know. We haven't been
rewarded for being confused, or for asking questions rather than giving quick
answers. We were taught to sound certain and confident. But the only way to understand
the world in its complexity is to spend more time in the state of not knowing.
It is very difficult to give up our certainties -- the positions, beliefs, and
explanations that lie at the heart of our personal identities. And I am not saying
that we have to give up what we believe. We only need to be curious about what
others believe, and to acknowledge that their way of interpreting the world might
be essential to us."
To engage in some truly perspective shifting conversations, join us in Acapulco
for the 2003 World Forum, where you can converse with your peers from 80 nations.
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