Jack Park pointed me to this website. I am going to see how/whether I can contribute to your discussions. Your website Debategraph.org looks interesting, too. I am always happy to learn new things and contribute my knowledge.
The survival of humankind depends on a radical change in the way business is conducted in the world. As a business communication consultant, I help clients shift their thinking... to stop beating their customers to death with messages that encourage mindless consumption, and instead enter into what I like to call Beneficial Value Exchange.
That Beneficial Value Exchange is the basic operational principle of the universe. In every sustainable interaction there is an exchange of value. So the wicked question is this: What can we do to create a shift in the way businesses operate to guarantee sustainability for employees, customers, vendors, investors, communities, and the environment?
I came here because I sometimes feel like a lone voice in the wilderness. Business is not about profit. Business is the mechanism through which we benefit the world around us. The responsibility of business owners is to conduct business as though it were the most personal of all possible transactions.
As a communication consultant, I seek to help business owners find ways to create these Great Exchanges and ensure that the promises they make are clear, that they can in fact deliver on those promises to those they serve, and that they can do so in as an effective and beneficial-to-others way as is humanly possible.
I've been a Dialogue Mapping practitioner for about five years -- Jeff Conklin pointed me here. I look forward to meeting with like minds!
I just sent you a message but I'm not sure it was delivered..I can't see it in the "sent" or "saved" messages...
Did you receive it?
If not...amongst other things I thanked you for this great innitiative :-)
Hi David, Thank sfor the welcome. I've just had a look at your debategraph tool. Most interesting. I would like to talk or meet up in due course, once I know a littl emore about GS. Best wishes, Bernard
David, thank you for your thoughts and support for my documentary, Hooked on Growth. I would be thrilled to get your input on the script once I have it fleshed out. Hopefully this will be soon. We've shot over 80% of the material we need, so it's time for me to begin organizing it.
Hi David, nice to be in such good company and...nice to know someone is reading my blog! I have been following your work for some time now. Hope I can help somehow. For the time being I will try to get the "feel" of the group!
Are you using debate as synonymous with dialogue and discourse? This is an old violin I pull out from time to time because I care if we are making beautiful music or more global cacophony. It's one way to open up a dialogue :) Lynne
Thanks David. I came across this website after a couple of email exchanges with Scott at the Do Good Gauge. Great to find you here. I'll spend some more time on the site and try to contribute where I can.
I want to make sure what you mean by "graph"? We wordsmiths so love to play with words. And I imagine dialogue and debate as quite different, actually, and discourse as sort of vague... hmmmm... I'll have to explore that and see what emerges over time and with discourse :)
Thought I would send this link along in case you have missed it.
The Gigaton Throwdown is an initiative to encourage investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers to “think big” to massively scale clean energy during the next 10 years.
It looked like and interesting and ambitious project and there might be a good fit with people here on this site.
Hope all is going well.
David, forgive me for being a squeaky wheel. As a loner in this field I am not surrounded by the well greased mechanics of academy or a corporate machine.
Whether the individuals are active or not, the Global Sense Making website has collected quite a few distinguished individuals with a correlation to argument theory. After two years with my abstract I understand the rarity of obtaining dialog with individuals with a background or interest in the field.
Here goes the zing. It is such a shame to let this pool of expertise go untapped do to poor administration of the site.
I would suggest Benjamin Franklin's round table as a model for seeding on going intelligent discussion on this forum.