Mode Choice

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

Heart: 

Rather than default to general discussion, consider what mode of interaction--visual, auditory or kinaesthetic, formal or informal, a dialogue circle or a roleplay--is the best fit to support the group in reaching its intention. Strategically shifting formats energizes participants, accesses different ways of knowing, and advances the work.

Resources: 

From Michelle LeBaron at http://www.omediate.org/docs/4a%20-%20Dancing%20at%20the%20Crossroads.pdf :

How can we use our bodies as conflict resolution trainers?
-- As instruments of awareness, helping us become more aware of what we feel and intuit and what may be going on with others in training groups
-- To get our attention when we or others are out of alignment (ie body expressions or postures do not match what is being said or communicated)
-- To heal splits between our minds and bodies when our inner selves are blocked with the remains of emotional and psychic struggles
-- To build relationships with others, an essential part of effective training
-- To shift, literally moving into another posture or stance.

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