In your dialogue workshop at GYV, you will learn about the differences between debate and dialogue. Many people don’t recognize that there is a difference, but the following points illustrate that there is a big difference!

Debate vs. Dialogue

assuming there is a right answer

combative

about winning

listening to find flaws and making counter arguments

defending assumptions as truth

critiquing the other sides position

defending own views

seeking a conclusion that ratifies your own position

assuming many people have pieces of the answer

collaborative

about exploring common ground

listening to understand and finding meaning

revealing assumptions for re-examination

re-examine all positions

acknowledging other views can expand one’s own

discovering new options

 Obviously, dialogue is more open and builds a foundation for greater understanding!