The Talking Circle is inspired by a common practice in indigenous cultures where listening and responding respectfully to varied perspectives on a controversial topic is encouraged and refined. Talking Circles are not designed to form a consensus or seek like-mindedness.
We aim to inspire a cross-fertilization of ideas that may generate a more coherent set of questions rather than provide us with definitive answers. We are not necessarily seeking closure so much as creating a space where conversations are ignited and relationships formed around a complex topic that is timely and relevant to the themes of the Colloquium. This is an informal session with a moderator that allows for anyone who has attended the Colloquium to participate.
Spring 2014. Details forthcoming.