As an egocentric species, human beings have a natural inclination to persuade others to share their perception of the world around them. However, this natural inclination is equally owed to our nature as social beings who crave a society of others with whom we can relate meaningfully.
This background note surveys elegant approaches for deliberating without rancor: asking exploratory questions; understanding context, perception, content, and intention; interpreting another person’s argument with benevolence; appreciating the role of passion in deliberation; and viewing respect as the pinnacle of success. Participants will consider how to persuade and be persuaded, reflect on their tendencies in group deliberation, and be prepared to discuss emotionally charged case studies with curiosity, empathy, and grace.
- Consider the strategies and skills that foster productive deliberation
- Practice group deliberation, particularly in an online environment
- Consider your responsibility as an individual among equals in a deliberative group.
Deliberation, persuasion, empathy, process, Socratic Method, communication, etiquette, constructive criticism, passion, respect
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