Communities that work are places where people from different walks of life come together to discuss ideas that matter to them.

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Good things start with a conversation.

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All problems must be solved through dialogue, through talk. The use of violence is outdated and never solves problems.

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To love someone or something is not just to agree with them or affirm them. To bother to engage with problematic culture, and problematic people within that culture, is an act of love. So what does it mean in a complex and dead-serious way to come from that place of love?

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Words are less important, less effective than feeling. When you can sit in perfect silence with someone, you truly know how to communicate.

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Convening is a more critical skill than commanding.

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Common ground is more common than you might think. Don't ever stop trying to stand on it.

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If you can't talk about it, you can't change it. And today, the world over, the women are talking.

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We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.

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Surely all possibilities are born out of a dialectic with impossibility.

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Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.

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The most important tactic in an argument next to being right is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without an embarrassing loss of face.

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Parkinson’s Law of Triviality states that, “the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.” In other words, if you try to build a simple thing such as a public bike shed, there will be endless town hall discussions wherein people argue over trivial details such as the color of the door. But if you want to build a nuclear power plant – a project so vast and complicated that most people can’t understand it – people will defer to expert opinion. —

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"We're not a natural country, we're a built country. And the challenge is to keep on building it. And we can't build it together, unless we talk together about what it might be."--

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The vernacular is the place where everything meets. It’s a gathering of people.

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Words, words, words–it is around these that civilizations create and imagine themselves.

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There are some people who listen to you when you talk and there's other people who just wait for their turn.

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A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.

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If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.

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When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. Now, no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true.

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