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Ana Patel, E.D. of Outward Bound Peacebuilding, on “Listening as Peacebuilding”

  “Listening as Peacebuilding” Active Listening as a Way to Respond to Another Person and Improve Mutual Understanding   by Ana Patel, Executive Director of Outward Bound Peacebuilding   Last year, while facilitating an experiential peacebuilding workshop, I invited the participants to try a listening exercise. Simple idea – simple activity. Participants were asked to divide into pairs, one listener and one speaker.  The listeners were asked to spend three minutes listening to the speaker on climate change - keep eye contact, make encouraging gestures and sounds, but don’t interrupt. Then switch.   At the end, an older man returned to the group with tears running...Continue Reading