October 1-2, 2005 Louisville, Kentucky
overlooking the beautiful Ohio River and Louisville
Ramada Inn Riverfront
Dialogue Weekend Reservaton: $75 (Students: $50 -- scholarships available)
Hotel Room Reservation: $69/night, includes tax
hosted by Elias Botto and Libby & Len Traubman
facilitators of the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue of San Mateo, California
Participants begin arriving at Louisville's Standiford International Airport (SDF).
Phone the Ramada Inn Riverfront (Jeffersonville, Indiana) to request a complimentary van across the bridge.
Early arrivals may go to the "Shabbat Shalom Service for Peace" at The Temple in Louisville, or eat together and relax.
EARLY MORNING -- Complimentary continental breakfast. Consider a quiet walk and river view. Meeting room open, with music.
9 a.m. -- First meeting. Welcome. Overview of Dialogue. New quality of listening. Begin introductions with personal stories.
NOON -- Lunch together with intentional conversation. Exhibits, including Opening of the Heart story-portraits. Display of useful materials.
AFTERNOON -- Conclude introductions. Inspiring video. Principles and Process of Sustained Dialogue. Questions. Rest. River walk.
DINNER -- Restaurant dinner overlooking the Ohio River. Continue personal conversations.
EVENING -- Continue questions. The Process of Change -- what works and what doesn't. What changes? Who changes? End with inspiration.
EARLY MORNING -- Complimentary continental breakfast. Meeting room open, with quiet music.
8:30 a.m. -- Assimilate personal insights from day before. Beginning and sustaining a Dialogue group. Outreach to public and media. Video.
11:30 a.m. -- Return to room. Check out. Confirm airport shuttle needs. Store baggage.
NOON -- Lunch together with intentional conversation.
1:15 p.m. -- Important concluding session. Assimilate insights, intentions, future needs. Close with inspiration.
3:00 p.m. -- Leave for home. Complimentary airport shuttle.
EVENING -- Locals and others may wish to meet, eat and assimilate the weekend experiences.
1. Story as Entry to Dialogue
"An enemy is someone whose story we have not heard." Dialogue begins with Story, and with compassionate listening. The prescription is to listen to everyone - even to the "enemy" - without "yes, but." And not just when it's easy, but when the wind is blowing 100 miles an hour. Like now.
2. The Process of Social Change Through Dialogue and Expanding Identification
Social change needs Time. It begins with individuals - Innovators and Early Adapters, in Dialogue with others, even "enemies." One Listens compassionately to learn from the "other," to discover together a new social intelligence. Energy, once wasted "against" "enemies," is in a new, creative capacity to respond. The "action" of Dialogue is relationship-building -- widening and deepening the ever-increasing circle. With Dialogue comes discovery of a stronger faith and sense of self, and Expanded Identification to include all of humankind and life.
3. Beginning, Maturing, and Growing A Dialogue
Want to begin a Dialogue Group where you live? This is a how-to! Finding Dialogue partners. Conducting first meetings. Establishing a dependable core group. What Dialogue is and is not. Dealing with dynamics. Deciding when and how to begin outreach and public offerings. Working with the media. Widening the circle. Finding balance of Dialogue and Advocacy.