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  • Free Webinar – A Better Model For Political Discussions, Presentation by Pat Wagner

    Posted by leifsmith on December 29th, 2015 (All posts by )

    DISCOVERY: A BETTER MODEL FOR POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS
    PRESENTED BY: PAT WAGNER
    Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Noon–1 pm, Denver time

    We have all observed that political discussions tend to bring out the worst in everyone, including ourselves, but is there a way to approach these conversations that will contribute to friendship rather than build enmity? Pat will explore this idea in her free webinar on Tuesday, January 5th, noon to 1 pm Denver time. It will be recorded and archived (also available free). Please join us for an hour of constructive and practical good will. And please forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested. Thanks!

    Pat writes, “Recent political campaigns destroyed lasting friendships, frayed family ties, and alienated neighbors and co-workers. Social media became a battleground of nasty diatribes, insults, and slurs. Is there a better way to talk about ideological differences? The Discovery Model is about listening and sharing with no intention to convince or win a debate. The point? To learn and grow while strengthening workplace, personal, and online relationships.”

    Full description & registration info:
    http://www.sieralearn.com/programs/discovery-a-better-model-for-political-discussions/

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    Leif Smith, leifsmith@gmail.com
    PO Box 9100, Denver, CO 80209-0100
    303-778-0880 (main), 303-744-1855 (direct)
    http://explorersfoundation.org
    http://sieralearn.com

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    4 Responses to “Free Webinar – A Better Model For Political Discussions, Presentation by Pat Wagner”

    1. Robert Schwartz Says:

      So you don’t favor training in Filipino Knife Fighting techniques?

    2. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      “Recent political campaigns destroyed lasting friendships, frayed family ties, and alienated neighbors and co-workers. Social media became a battleground of nasty diatribes, insults, and slurs. Is there a better way to talk about ideological differences?”

      Probably not, as we are really two or more separate, irreconcilably hostile nations trapped inside one set of borders with each other. The situation is why I coined the acronym TWANLOC.

      . . . .either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives. . . /geek

    3. Leif Smith Says:

      Sometimes the knives are needed; sometimes not. It is important to make distinctions where they are possible. If we are to win we must not throw away a single advantage. Unchallenged cynicism is an old and powerful enemy of liberty.

    4. Leif Smith Says:

      “To me also was given, if not Victory, yet the consciousness of Battle, and the resolve to persevere therein while life or faculty is left.” —Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh, 1838

      There are many forms of battle – warriors for liberty must master them all. One simple image, conveyed in the flow of a conversation about opposing views, may be all that’s needed to begin the transformation of a potential future enemy into an ally. No opportunity to do this should be declined.

      “It is characteristic of images that they perform most of their functions in secret. We may be aware of the moment when they invade us, but the manner of their growth is usually hidden, and the ways and degrees of their influence upon our other images, as well as upon our rational concepts, are scarcely perceptible until their principal work is done. They pierce those levels that are deeper than our conscious minds, where creative activity takes place.” —Mary Shideler, Consciousness of Battle, Eerdmans, 1970