The origins of the Commitment:
- The idea of a protocol for respectful dialogue was first proposed in January 2013 in an article in The Scotsman newspaper.
September 2014 – Black and white….or shades of grey? Read John Sturrock’s article in Perspectives magazine about the framing of the referendum question.
One of the most interesting and influential writers in this field is Kenneth Cloke: read his article on Dangerous Dialogues, and get a hold of his latest book: The Dance of Opposites. and read another of his papers on how to design, organise and conduct community dialogue here
Peter Adler from Hawaii led a workshop in Scotland last year. Here is his paper on Policy Dialogues.
Charlie Woods has written more widely about collaborative problem-solving in Scotland and elsewhere. Read his paper: Development through Co-operation – How to Avoid Dilemmas Becoming Tragedies.
Oliver Escobar at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Beltane published an excellent comprehensive analysis entitled: Public Dialogue and Deliberation: A communication perspective for public engagement practitioners. Click here to read the report.
Read the Report of the Commission on the Conduct of Public Referendums here.
An interesting paper has recently been published under the auspices of the International Futures Forum: Scotland and Civil Discourse. Click here to read more.
Here are two excellent articles from different viewpoints: Successful Dialogue (written in 2002) and Accessing Genuine Dialogue (2012):
This work, Dialogue by Design, by Andrew Acland contains a significant quantity of helpful resources. Andrew is a pioneer in this field and authored the book, A Sudden Outbreak of Common Sense, before mediation was anything like as prominent as it is now: http://designer.dialoguebydesign.net/docs/Dialogue_by_Design_Handbook.pdf
In late November 2013 some 60 people attended a training event led by Toke Moeller, with the Art of Participatory Leadership through the Art of Hosting and Harvesting and others, using the question “What kind of future do we want to create for Scotland?” as the basis for learning the methods, the mental models and case studies for how to do things differently.http://www.aoh-scotland.org/
An inspiring article on how to treat others with dignity by Donna Hicks: A Matter of Dignity: Building Human Relationships
Highly recommended book by Commitment signatory and author, Amanda Ridings: “Pause for Breath: Bringing the practices of mindfulness and dialogue to leadership conversations.” Absolutely ideal for collaborative conversations!
The Our Conversation process in Singapore is a very interesting initiative, led there by government. See: http://www.reach.gov.sg/Microsite/osc/index.html