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1 Let’s Talk

2 Inviting Courageous Conversation

3 Almost always, the courageous conversation is by definition the one we do not want to have. For each of us, in this season of falling away, at this threshold of history, when the old has gone and we are yet bereft of the new, what is the conversation, that until now, we have refused? David Whyte

4 Inviting Courageous Conversation Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves. Tolstoy Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves. Tolstoy

5 Inviting Courageous Conversation The external manifestations of good & evil are relative & transmutable. They only appear absolute & immutable when the human heart is in thrall to the spell of language & abstract concepts. To the extent that we can free ourselves from this spell, we can begin to see that good contains within it evil, & evil contains within it good. Daisaku Ikeda

6 Inviting Courageous Conversation What is it in the way that we are living, organizing our societies, and treating each other that makes violence seem plausible to so many people? Rabbi Michael Lerner

7 Inviting Courageous Conversation There is a dialectical relationship between apathy and violence. Violence is the ultimate destructive substitute which surges to fill the vacuum where there is no relatedness. Rollo May There is a dialectical relationship between apathy and violence. Violence is the ultimate destructive substitute which surges to fill the vacuum where there is no relatedness. Rollo May

8 Inviting Courageous Conversation Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience. Walter Lippmann Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience. Walter Lippmann

9 Inviting Courageous Conversation To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind toward discovery! Louis Pasteur

10 Inviting Courageous Conversations There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. Marshall McLuhan There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. Marshall McLuhan

11 Inviting Courageous Conversations Truth is an eternal discussion about things that matter, held with passion and discipline. Parker Palmer Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. Gandhi Truth is an eternal discussion about things that matter, held with passion and discipline. Parker Palmer Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. Gandhi

12 Let’s Talk

13 I Talk In Order To Understand

14 Let our conversation now be without precedent in fact or literature, each one speaking to the best of his ability the truth to the best of his knowledge. Samuel Becket Let our conversation now be without precedent in fact or literature, each one speaking to the best of his ability the truth to the best of his knowledge. Samuel Becket

15 I Talk In Order To Understand I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult. E. B. White I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult. E. B. White

16 I Talk In Order To Understand How do I listen to others? As if everyone were my Master speaking to me his cherished last words. Hafiz How do I listen to others? As if everyone were my Master speaking to me his cherished last words. Hafiz

17 I Talk In Order To Understand In excited conversation we have glimpses of the universe, hints of power native to the soul, far-darting lights and shadows of an Andes landscape, such as we can hardly attain in lone meditation. Here are oracles sometimes profusely given, to which the memory goes back in barren hours. Ralph Waldo Emerson

18 I Talk In Order To Understand There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation. James Nathan Miller There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation. James Nathan Miller

19 I Talk In Order To Understand The “silly question” is the first intimation of some totally new development. Alfred North Whitehead I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickenson The “silly question” is the first intimation of some totally new development. Alfred North Whitehead I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickenson

20 I Talk In Order To Understand Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered. William Greider

21 I Talk In Order To Understand The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself. Jean de la Bruyere The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself. Jean de la Bruyere

22 I Talk In Order To Understand The time has come when silence is betrayal. That time is now. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The time has come when silence is betrayal. That time is now. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

23 I Talk In Order To Understand Live the questions now and perhaps without knowing it you will live along some day into the answers. Rainier Maria Rilke Live the questions now and perhaps without knowing it you will live along some day into the answers. Rainier Maria Rilke

24 Let’s Talk

25 The Only Way Out Is Through

26 Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is not aware. Martin Buber Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is not aware. Martin Buber

27 The Only Way Out Is Through Each act of consciousness tends toward something, is a turning of a person towards something, and has within it, no matter how latent, some push toward a direction for action. Rollo May Each act of consciousness tends toward something, is a turning of a person towards something, and has within it, no matter how latent, some push toward a direction for action. Rollo May

28 The Only Way Out Is Through Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him. English proverb Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him. English proverb

29 The Only Way Out Is Through Polite conversation is rarely either. Fran Leibowitz Polite conversation is rarely either. Fran Leibowitz

30 The Only Way Out Is Through The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change, until we notice that failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. Ronald Laing The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change, until we notice that failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. Ronald Laing

31 The Only Way Out Is Through You will do foolish things but do them with enthusiasm. Colette You will do foolish things but do them with enthusiasm. Colette

32 The Only Way Out Is Through I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. John Cage I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. John Cage

33 The Only Way Out Is Through We think in generalities, but we live in detail. Alfred North Whitehead We think in generalities, but we live in detail. Alfred North Whitehead

34 The Only Way Out Is Through We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. Mary Catherine Bateson That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. Doris Lessing We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. Mary Catherine Bateson That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. Doris Lessing

35 The Only Way Out Is Through We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

36 The Only Way Out Is Through Fear is a habit. I am not afraid. Aung San Suu Kyi Fear is a habit. I am not afraid. Aung San Suu Kyi

37 Let’s Talk

38 I Am Because We Are

39 I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

40 I Am Because We Are There is a field beyond right and wrong. Let’s meet there. Rumi There is a field beyond right and wrong. Let’s meet there. Rumi

41 I Am Because We Are If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

42 I Am Because We Are What is real is you and what is real is me; but what is really real is the experience of we. Martin Buber What is real is you and what is real is me; but what is really real is the experience of we. Martin Buber

43 I Am Because We Are When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life. Brenda Ueland When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life. Brenda Ueland

44 I Am Because We Are Once individuals link together they become something different. Relationships change us, reveal us, evoke more from us. Only when we join with others do our gifts become visible, even to ourselves. Margaret Wheatley Once individuals link together they become something different. Relationships change us, reveal us, evoke more from us. Only when we join with others do our gifts become visible, even to ourselves. Margaret Wheatley

45 I Am Because We Are Once we realize that even between the closest human beings infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side by side can grow if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing the other whole before an immense sky. Rainier Maria Rilke Once we realize that even between the closest human beings infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side by side can grow if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing the other whole before an immense sky. Rainier Maria Rilke

46 I Am Because We Are Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borges

47 I Am Because We Are In good conversations, people don’t speak to the words, but to the meanings of each other. Ralph Waldo Emerson In good conversations, people don’t speak to the words, but to the meanings of each other. Ralph Waldo Emerson

48 I Am Because We Are It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for what is essential is hidden from the eyes. Antoine de Saint Exupery It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for what is essential is hidden from the eyes. Antoine de Saint Exupery

49 I Am Because We Are In the long history of humankind (and animalkind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Charles Darwin

50 Let’s Talk

51 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress

52 The future enters into us In order to transform itself into us Long before it happens. Rainer Maria Rilke The future enters into us In order to transform itself into us Long before it happens. Rainer Maria Rilke

53 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated. James P. Carse To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated. James P. Carse

54 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupery If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

55 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress You cannot depend on judgment when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain You cannot depend on judgment when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

56 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress The problems of a period are the existential crises of what can be, but hasn’t yet been, resolved; And regardless of how seriously we take the word “resolved,” if there was not some new possibility, there would be no crisis – there would be only despair. Rollo May The problems of a period are the existential crises of what can be, but hasn’t yet been, resolved; And regardless of how seriously we take the word “resolved,” if there was not some new possibility, there would be no crisis – there would be only despair. Rollo May

57 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress And do not fear mistakes, there are none. Miles Davis And do not fear mistakes, there are none. Miles Davis

58 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes. Pema Chodron The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes. Pema Chodron

59 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress Fear is a habit. I'm not afraid. Aung San Suu Kyi Fear is a habit. I'm not afraid. Aung San Suu Kyi

60 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

61 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress Those who say "No" to the offers life makes are rewarded by the safety that it brings; those that say "Yes" are rewarded by the adventures that they go on. Viola Spolin Those who say "No" to the offers life makes are rewarded by the safety that it brings; those that say "Yes" are rewarded by the adventures that they go on. Viola Spolin

62 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress Real generosity toward the future consists of giving your all to what is present. Albert Camus Real generosity toward the future consists of giving your all to what is present. Albert Camus

63 A Consensual Hunch-In-Progress A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey. Aristotle Reality is only a consensual hunch. Lily Tomlin A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey. Aristotle Reality is only a consensual hunch. Lily Tomlin

64 Let’s Talk Imagined and created by Keith McCandless and Ken Yu 206/ / Thanks to Anne Jacobs and Lesley Jacobs Copyright © 2003 Keith McCandless and Ken Yu This presentation and the photos contained within may not be used in whole or in part without the express permission from the copyright holders. Permission to use for educational purposes only. Imagined and created by Keith McCandless and Ken Yu 206/ / Thanks to Anne Jacobs and Lesley Jacobs Copyright © 2003 Keith McCandless and Ken Yu This presentation and the photos contained within may not be used in whole or in part without the express permission from the copyright holders. Permission to use for educational purposes only.


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