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
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
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!