Entries by Philip Jackson

View life from Outside of your Cave

The Seven stages of the Dialogue and critical thinking for a total group transformation The practice of skilfully facilitated conversation and deep Dialogue in any group offers the opportunity to increase our awareness of our own assumptions and perspectives and participate more consciously and carefully in the way we interact with the world. We are […]

Freedom from the Known

There is a common theme that emerges from all of the great philosophers throughout history; an ability to say “I don’t know”.  Renowned Indian philosopher, Krishnamurti, believed that only when a mind is not seeking, not expecting or looking for answers can we say “I understand”.  It is the only in this state he concluded […]

Story and Deep Dialogue have always connected us to something greater

Deep Dialogue and the practice of sharing Story is possibly the most misunderstood, and taken-for-granted, form of communication. The sharing of stories has always been at the root of all human transformations. Historically all indigenous cultures practiced the powers of story and deep group conversation when major decisions had to be decided upon. They understood […]

How to expand your views by changing how you converse

How to expand your views by changing how you converse Earth Water Air Fire Informational Discussion Conversation Dialogue One of the most evocative ways to be truly mindful of the different ways of conversing and communicating is by using the archetypes of the four elements (Earth, Water Air and Fire).  The attributes of each elements […]

Empathy is a verb

One of the most important outcomes from the practice of Dialogue or mindful conversations is to hear each other’s story. When we listen deeply to another person’s story we can longer hold judgement on that person or make assumptions which are informed by our own worldview’s.  When we make space to practice real dialogue we […]

Cultural change through Mindful Conversations

Renowned systems thinker and organisational expert Margaret Wheatley[1] suggested that in many cases it is not the structure of the organisations that need to change but the conversations we have within them. Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change – personal, community and organizational change. The behaviours […]

Dialogue and Spirituality

Dialogue and Spirituality in the work place “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play: his labour and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly know which is which. He simply pursues his own vision of excellence through whatever he […]

The Art of Dialogue

The Art of Dialogue is a response to a world that is becoming increasingly complex and fragmented, where true solutions and innovation lie not in one leader or one viewpoint, but in the bigger picture of our collective intelligence. One of the essential skills for growing as a leader and dialogue host is being aware […]

The Art of Dialogue – Awakening Awareness

Over the next few blogs I will be discussing skills and practices one needs to develop as an effective Dialogue facilitator or host. Hosting dialogue is an art form and not a method that can simply be learnt and followed. It takes a well-developed evolved leader to skilfully host great Dialogues. And as with any […]

The importance of mindful conversations

The knowledge of early philosophers ranged far and wide, covering fields from biology to ethics, from politics to physics. With increasing production of knowledge, facilitated by the web, technology and a greater educated class and increasing cultural exchanges, it became harder to know everything under the sun. Over time it became clear that individuals could […]

Cultivating new ways of being

Cultivating new ways of being through “living thinking”. New Renowned Indian philosopher and educator Krishnamurti argued that our ways of thinking and learning currently places barriers between ourselves and the object we are dealing with. He wrote that “by being aware, one discovers how one is conditioned- “don’t sit on the bank and speculate about […]