Dialogic Change

Peter Garrett and Jane Ball


As people engage together in dialogue they create energy and the potential for change and they bring together combined knowledge and understanding from their different perspectives.  The changes that result are based on well-informed and thought through decisions that are common sense to everyone involved and therefore more sustainable.   Of course this is quite counter-cultural to correctional organisations, particularly prisons, which are closed, hierarchical institutions.  In a prison power is held by the person in charge, the Governor, Director, Warden or Superintendent, and distributed only to a few close to their rank.  They use a directive approach, command and control, to instruct and require change.  Dialogic Change requires a different way of doing things and a different set of skills, including the Dialogic Engagement skills to talk and think together effectively with others.  

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