This paper introduces a new theory and model of dialogue as a transformative process of communication that consists of an enabling dialogical space, an archetypal model of dialogic process, and having specific characteristics of emerging dialogue. While engaged with literature, the author also offers iterative enhancements to several theories including the addition of a practice of cultivation and the principle of change in Isaacs' models of principles for dialogue and practice of dialogic leadership; enhancement of Starhawk's model of group leadership by building circles of engagement, which include central alignment, surrounding willingness and an outer circle of malice & indifference; and, extending Keirsey's model of temperaments by developing a fifth temperament of dynamic balance. The paper then finishes by offering some suggestions for future research and continued praxis using this new theoretical framework.

Posted by John Bell on December 10, 2006
Tags: The Fifth Principle of Dialogue

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