Divisive conversations on controversial issues are often fast-paced and shaped by provocative slogans.
Participants often interrupt
each other, competing for the floor.
Our divided times truly need respectful and healing exchange.
Yet, at the same time...
they also need our honesty,
frankness around painful issues.
Communication Agreements can support us to create a space that allows both:
Frankness and Respect
Honesty and Safety
Challenge and Healing
It starts with you.
Then you can support establishing group agreements.
Firstly, remember that the Trustbuilding Process does not start with the other.
Openness: We commit to learning to understand and not to persuade.
Personal: We aim to use personal language and avoid hurtful generalizations.
Resilience: We commit to listening when something is hard to hear.
Airtime: We will share "airtime" carefully and equally.
Respect: We aim to value another person and not interrupt.
Regarding our Way of Speaking and Listening
have the sole purpose to support an honest connection.
They can change when needed.
"Trust is a fragile bridge we build each day.
Trust begins with our willingness to start with change in ourselves"