The Prezi presentation above provides an overview of some of the more important aspects of Dialogue. The concepts there are deeply rooted in the work of William Isaacs' book, "Dialogue: the Art of Thinking Together," among other theoretical concepts and theories.
The foundations of building a container to hold all members of a CD and their individual and collective thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and more calls for agreement on how to come together and grapple with our own and other's understanding. The elements of Dialogue are essential in building a strong container.
Commonly held beliefs about helping another learn include instructing them how to perform a task or identifying where they have failed at a task. This approach fails to meet them at their ZPD, the place where learning can occur through scaffolding. Inquiry is the skill we need in this practice.
Talking with colleagues about challenging assignments can benefit us all. The task of doing so while respecting the confidentiality of clients requires us to be detailed, yet obtuse. Make it a practice to speak with confidentiality.
Students of interpreting spend many hours looking at their own work. It is an excellent practice and one that should continue throughout our careers. But more experienced interpreters rarely look at video of their interpreting work.
While novice interpreters can benefit from a CD group over time, those who have been in the field long enough to be considered 'experienced' will benefit greatly from engaging in Collective Dialogue with other seasoned interpreters.
After an intensive one-year seminar in 1996-97 for ASL/English interpreters entitled "The Master Class" (led by Betty Colonomos), a number of participants engaged in a series of several more meetings called "Continuing the Conversation." Some of these participants met again, and then a smaller number again, until there were four.
Alice is a long-time staff interpreter for a state agency.
Joan has specialized in legal and performing arts work.
Michael hails from Massachusetts, where CD began. But love and life moved him first to DC/Maryland, then California, and finally to Hawaii. Proving distance is no obstacle to meeting for CD, he looks forward to hosting on the island soon.
Dennis Port, Massachusetts
Trisha worked at TLC (The Learning Center for Deaf Children) as a staff interpreter before becoming a full-time freelancer. She fought two battles with cancer and we lost her in the Spring of 2016. She was loved and is sorely missed by all who knew her.
We four called our meetings "CD" (for Collective Dialogue) and we met frequently from 1998 until the loss of one of our members in 2016. The intimate, sometimes intense, and always enlightening meetings evolved into this model for seasoned interpreters to collaborate together on issues of interpreting, community, and beyond.
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