Last Saturday night, I sponsored a satey and teh tarik session for my schoolmates to discuss the recent general election using a methodology callled Deep Conversation.Thank you Dr KN for the photo above.
Deep conversation involves deep listening and deep thinking.A topic is pre-selected to allow participants to think and do research on the subject matter-based on data, facts and assumptions. Everyone is allowed to talk for a few minutes without any interference from any participants.While a person is talking, the others must put his/her personal views aside and listen deeply to the speaker and try to undertand what the speaker is talking and the reasons for his/her views.Listening is given equal or more emphasis as talking.
When all participants have spoken, the moderator will summarise the main points and ask around the table for anyone who wish to give his views.If he disagrees with someone's view, his job to offer the alternative and give the reasons why.The process is to assess our own views vis a vis others' views and opinions.
The objective is not to impose one's opinion on others but more to re-examine one's personal views against facts,opinions and assumptions.The final goal is to seek the truths!
—Watts Wacker, CEO, FirstMatter
Note: The process is adopted from an article entitled The Power of Talk by Margaret J. Wheatley published in a magazine called Utne Reader,August,2002