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Michael Marchese to demystify the art of dialogue

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 8, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Library: 

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On Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 pm, Michael Marchese will discuss and demonstrate the concept of "dialogue," as developed by David Bohm, one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century and author of the classic works, “On Dialogue” and “On Creativity,”  among others.

Michael Marchese has been involved in the "dialogue" process as a facilitator and participant for over twenty years.  He has held dialogues in Princeton, New Jersey, and Northampton, Massachusetts and participated in dialogues in Washington D.C. 

Never before has there been a greater need for deeper listening and more open communication to cope with the complex problems facing our organizations, businesses and societies. Renowned scientist David Bohm believed there was a better way for humanity to discover meaning and to achieve harmony.  He identified creative dialogue, a sharing of assumptions and understanding, as a means by which the individual, and society as a whole, can learn more about themselves and others, and achieve a renewed sense of purpose. (From cover of "On Dialogue," by David Bohm)

If our troubles originate in a kind of “ocean” of thought and language, in which we are submerged, but of which we are only dimly aware, it would seem reasonable to begin immediately to inquire into the actual function of our thought and language.  To do this requires, of course, that we give this function our serious attention.  We do give such attention to a vast range of things, including nature, technology, politics, economics, society, psychological problems, and so forth.  Why should thought and language be the one field left to function automatically and mechanically, without serious attention, so that the resulting confusion vitiates most of what we try to do in all other fields?  (From “On Creativity,” by David Bohm)

Come explore the art of dialogue, and discover new possibilities in communication! 

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631- 1481. 

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