Diversity of thought is the art of thinking differently together.
It’s an inherent part of human nature to process information and form opinions of our own. These opinions are shaped by our background, education levels, access to information, and hundreds of other variables. Needless to say, our opinions don’t always match, and neither should they. A diversity of ideas and viewpoints is what helps us to build more community.
Debate: Battling for the Win
In a debate, two parties with opposing ideas attempt to convince each other. Rather than focusing on the conversation itself, as is the case with dialogue, the outcome is what matters. When it comes to debating, there is always a connotation of winning and losing: the party with the most convincing arguments wins the debate. This is done by countering the arguments of the “losing” party.
Dialogue: Opinion-Sharing for Discussion’s Sake
We all know the most basic of these conversation types: the simple dialogue or discussion. At some point, we’ve all found ourselves discussing topics close to our hearts with someone who had a very different viewpoint. Discussions are simple exchanges of information, experiences, and beliefs, that do not necessarily lead to a solution or consensus. In the case of dialogue, the act of conversing is far more important than the points one makes or the topic one tackles.
The focus lies on fostering connections, building relationships, and reaching a mutual feeling of understanding
Ready for the Magic of Real Dialogue?
We embrace curiosity, inspire collaboration, and champion deep thinking for real change. It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe. The time has come for each of us to begin “flapping our wings” to create ripples of change “for good” across the universe. Won’t you join us!