We very much enjoy meeting with people from all over the world and experiencing (online) dialogue together or exchanging about dialogue.
In fact our fascination for dialogue started and grew in international experiences in Guatemala, Israel & Palestina, training by the World Dialogue Foundation, the conference on Socratic Dialogue by the Society for Critical Philosophy in Chichester, the training Dialogue for Peaceful Change in Ireland, the SEN Summit for Future Leadership and in the Dialogue Summit: from June 4-7th 2020.
The past few years our international contacts have intensified, thanks to traveling and living abroad and the opportunities that the Intercultural Cities Network and the Academy of Professional Dialogue created to meet many of you.
We offer training in Dialogue Facilitation in English.
We translated some of our work in English.
- Paper on Basis Principles of Dialogue
- The Netherlands in Dialogue: A Structural Approach to Dialogue Across Society
- Handout session Dialogue Summit 2020
Our own journey
Leerweg Dialoog was initiated by Renate van der Veen en Olga Plokhooij. Both Renate and Olga have followed their own path in training, advice and consultancy in which they embraced dialogue as one the ways to facilitate groups in the process of learning, living and working together. Throughout the years Leerweg Dialoog has become experienced in embedding dialogue in public and private organizations and in Dutch society.
Profile Olga Plokhooij
In 2003 in Guatemala Olga became aware of the power of dialogue. An ancient, connecting form of conversation with great value in current society. By slowing down and exchanging experiences in a free space around a question, one can disclose wisdom. Wisdom that is greater than the individual input of each participant.
Since 2004 Olga has spread dialogue in The Netherlands through the movements The Netherlands in Dialogue, World=U and by applying dialogue in her strategic consultancy work. Her enduring exploration keep leading to discovering new forms. For example, in March 2012 she travelled to the Palestinian Territories to practice the RRCA approach, in June 2014 to Iceland to study the Althing (dialogue and decision-making process), in 2015 to Ireland to learn from the use of dialogue in polarized conflicts (DPC approach).
Within Leerweg Dialoog we share the experience and insights gained in 15 years. Together we formulated basic principles that we believe lie beneath all approaches to dialogue and are expressed in specific forms.
A joint inquiry of the basic principles and which attitude they require, forms the basis of every training Leerweg Dialoog offers. For example, postponing assumptions and judgments in order to make room again for uninhibited observation of yourself, the other and the phenomenon you are investigating is a very essential practice. Every day anew!
In 2019 the Academy of Professional Dialogue invited Olga to write an article about her 15 years of experience with dialogue in the Dutch society with the foundation The Netherlands in Dialogue.
Profile Renate van der Veen
After studying law, I worked for the city of Amsterdam for 18 years. Then I finally had the courage to start my own company. I work as a coach to highly gifted adults and train people, organisations, teams, companies in the use of Dialogue. Dialogue is: Jointly examining a question by listening attentively, sharing experiences, and reflecting on the insights. It is quite different from the way we are used to communicate with each other: convincing the other, getting your message across.
I love my work and feel that it contributes to better understanding, co-operation and living together.
In my work the practise of attentive listening is very important. And always when people listen on a next level (more empathic) and dare to suspend their judgements, they experience the richness of diversity in their teams or groups. They hear new perspectives, new solutions, new voices and feel more connected to each other afterwards. The more diverse a team is, the greater the gift of connecting and seeing the natural talents of the other. I really think this will help us to find solutions for the challenges we are facing these days (climate, gap between rich-poor, future of democracy). It might not be that complicated after all and that motivates me to introduce dialogue wherever I can!
The hard part though is that we need to dare to slow down in order to connect and listen and become aware of the possibilities of diversity. Voluntarily slowing down in an accelerating world is challenging!