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Within the New Path to InclUsion Network we used the Theory-U developed by Otto Scharmer and the presencing institute (www.presencing.com) as a framework to guide our learning and activities. 

Purpose

The purpose of a dialogue interview is to gain a deeper understanding of other perspectives by creating conversations that allow reflection and thinking together and are open to the emergence of insight and creative spark.

When conditions are right, dialogue interviews allow a direct experienceof common purpose and deeper insight.

Principles for Good interviews

Intention: Take time before you begin to clear your mind and establish a sense of openness and an intention of serving andlearning.

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Within the New Path to InclUsion Network we used the Theory-U developed by Otto Scharmer and the presencing institute (www.presencing.com) as a framework to guide our learning and activities. 

Purpose

The purpose of a dialogue interview is to gain a deeper understanding of other perspectives by creating conversations that allow reflection and thinking together and are open to the emergence of insight and creative spark.

When conditions are right, dialogue interviews allow a direct experienceof common purpose and deeper insight.

Principles for Good interviews

Intention: Take time before you begin to clear your mind and establish a sense of openness and an intention of serving andlearning.

  • Create transparency and trust about the purpose and the process ofthe interview.
  • Suspend your voice of judgment to see the situation through the eyes of the person you are with. What matters at this point is not whetheryou agree or approve but that you learn what the other person sees, feelsand thinks. Cultivate a sense if curiosity and
  • Access your ignorance –open your mind: As the conversation unfolds, pay attention to and trust the questions that occur to you; don’t beafraid to ask simple questions or questions you think may reveal a lack ofsome basic knowledge.
  • Access your appreciative listening –open your heart. Connect to theother person with your mind and heart wide open; thoroughly appreciatethe story that you hear unfolding; put yourself in the other person’sshoes.
  • Access your listening from the future: Listen for the best futurepossibility for the person and the situation at hand. Be open to insight: new ways to understand what the situation calls
  • Go with the flow: Let go of preconceptions, old ideas andconcepts.
  • Focus first on What questions, not Why or confrontational questions;you want to get into a flow, not into adebate.
  •  Generative silence: Probably the most important and least visible contribution: offering the highest level of attention and open presence toallow silence to slow the pace and allow access to deeper aspects of thestory.
  • Ask emerging questions: Pay attention to and ask about important possible connections among parts of the story you arehearing.