Artful and Disciplined Dialogue for Today’s Wicked Problems
Effective change leadership requires negotiating both open and disciplined participation, especially when addressing fuzzy situations such as peace or political reform. What if we treated social and policy issues as wicked problems, concerns that are never “solved,” but are satisfied through evolutionary progression? This approach to social design requires a mix of dialogue styles to enhance ideation and mitigate power in multi-stakeholder engagements.
We present both Art of Hosting (open) and Structured Dialogue as a mix of participation models for problem-focused planning and decision-making. While rarely used together today, we explore why both perspectives help in today’s complex concerns in democratic decision-making.