What is dialogue?

The term “dialogue” is often used informally as a synonym for conversation or discussion. As a tool for group interaction, it has a more formal meaning. It is used to describe a thoughtful, deep, deliberative group conversation in which members abide by certain norms. It was developed by David Bohm, and fleshed out by William Isaacs. It is a key tool advocated for advancing the discipline of team learning in learning organizations.

What is dialogue good for?

developing reasoning skills
learning to listen to and learn from each other
balancing advocacy and inquiry

Where can I learn more about dialogue?


Article on dialogue by David Bohm and others
Dialogue resources from Group Process Consulting


Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together, William Isaacs, 1999, Doubleday, NY, NY

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge, 1990, Currency, NY, NY

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross, Bryan J. Smith, 1994, Currency, NY, NY

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