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Dialogic Guides: A course for developing artfulness and capacity in guiding transformative dialogue among peers
The course is intended for intermediate to experienced communicators who seek to evolve their creative capacity to open, share, hold, and close space –
in relation to feelings of rhythm and resonance, generative disagreement, and the careful navigation of shifting boundaries.
From another angle, this is a unique opportunity to join a guided journey of mutual education, where at least one hope for journey’s end, is the becoming of effective guides for dialogic practices of collective intelligence.
To join this course you must apply. There is no dollar cost to participation.
While participation has no explicit dollar cost, it does carry a responsibility of contribution.
Not least does this contribution necessitate an openness and sincerity toward participating itself (this is no singularly passive learning process.)
But additionally, if appropriate, contribution will take the form of donning the role of guide for a series of collective intelligence, or transformative dialogue practices, for the Voicecraft.network project.
In that sense, the course is unique in that it invites the development of capacity, embedded in a context within which to further realise and meaningfully offer that capacity.
The application process is detailed below.
Course details and time commitments
Six sessions (one per week) with a cohort of six fellow participants, plus one guide, will be the minimum requirement for this course to initiate and complete. Though it may be helpful to think of the contribution element, in terms of a commitment to guiding sessions for the Voicecraft community, as a continuation of the learning environment.
In a potent sense, the regular events and community participation already present in the network constitute an evolving learning environment of a kind similar to that we will create together in the course. The key differences will be mostly to do with intention and the disposition toward specific role development, in the context of a more specified educational and contributive context.
The course will begin the week beginning October 11th. Sessions will run for 2 – 3 hours.
The exact start time and day are still to be determined, based on availability of those desiring to attend, and in order to mesh timezones as best as possible.
If there is interest, two weekly sessions, split among 12 participants, that cater to the spread of timezones among EU / NA / AUS timezones will be considered.
Some of the sessions will be recorded. Some will not. We will reflect on the difference. If agreed to by all, one of these sessions may be shared with the network, and possibly more broadly. This is not an objective, but important to note from the outset.
The platform we are using allows for private and public text based communication which can be used to engage and reflect with the written word.
Tim — that’s me — will be the primary guide for this course. I may be joined by others who will drop in to participate in and lead specific sessions.
A relatively recently released podcast with Christopher Mastropietro may be worth listening to if you are desiring to know a little more about me. An appearance on Gregg Henriques podcast earlier in the year offers another angle, which shares some perspective on the project of cultural evolution. Gregg has a beautiful way of affording the sharing of one’s story in relation to big picture conversations.
This conversation with the philosophers Cadell Last, Alex Ebert, and O.G. Rose is an example of myself as participant in a structured philosophical discourse with peers.
The following are trialogues where I played the role of opening and in some semi-formal manner, enabling the space. Of course, much of the art is unseen, and precedes the recording.
The many conversations I have facilitated and participated in across many group contexts of inquiry and collaboration, inside the network and outside, in person and online, are in most cases not available to share. Many are accessible to members of the network, for which requests to join are presently open, and which can be considered entirely separate from the relationship associated with this course.
About the Voicecraft Network
This course will be convened in a private group inside the Voicecraft network. Thus, joining this course is a step into the context of a developing network and community of shared interest and developing relationships among peers. The well functioning of this network entails a responsibility toward treating the channels for communication with integrity, and its participants with dignity.
The network is a culture-making portal and context for unshackled, living philosophy, and artful communication among peers.
It seeks to enable modes of generative engagement with patterns of reality in the context of friendship, with due care for relationships between education, contribution, and belonging.
The application process asks you to email Tim at voicecraft.network(at)gmail.com in response to the questions below.
You are welcome to communicate however linearly or non-linearly…. step by step, or in a way you feel addresses what is sought, in so far as you are willing, and find meaning in the process. The ideal, from my perspective, accounting for the present level of asymmetry in our relationship, is that the energy you invest in writing is entirely worthwhile for your own process, quite aside from its being met with ‘acceptance’ into whatever this is.
And so! Here are some angles into what I’m seeking to understand, with respect to the relevant boundaries of what is appropriate to share.
Who are you?
What is your hope for joining this course?
Why are you called to do this?
Where are you in relation to the shifting tides of culture?
How did you find out about this?
How would you describe your cognitive style, or personality, or natural role, that you find yourself enacting in a relationship of peers:
when you are feeling most energetically regulated, energised, known and valued? and
when you are feeling sub-optimally regulated, and struggling to have your values known and appreciated?
The next step will be to join me for a dialogue before the course commences, and discern our way from there.
Please send your applications through by the 24th of September. The course may fill up by then, I don’t know.
In fact — there are lots of parts to this process that feel different to how I have been contributing to the development of the dialogic space so far. I promise to respond to the best of my ability, and to alter course appropriately to the best of my discernment, where necessary.
I am unsure as to the interest this course will receive. I can promise to read with care the emails sent and to respond with the energy I have to share in relation to the dynamics I am participant with.
With a deep gratitude for your time and energy,
A (bit) about the Voicecraft project
The Voicecraft network is part of the Voicecraft project. It’s a portal for enabling friendship in the context of meaningful engagement with patterns of reality. It’s a context for the creation of worthwhile artefacts that seek to share value with the commons. It’s a project that seeks to enable the strengthening of authentic voice and discerning attention in the context of integrous culture.
The Voicecraft podcast creates artful experiments in philosophical synergy, with interests in the fundamental dynamics of psyche, nature, and civilization.