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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #159

Hey there, welcome along to this week's issue of the Dialogic Learning Weekly. In this week's edition
The Dialogic Learning Weekly
The Dialogic Learning Weekly #159
By Tom Barrett • Issue #159 • View online
Hey there, welcome along to this week’s issue of the Dialogic Learning Weekly. In this week’s edition I am sharing some ideas about critique from Brené Brown which really struck a chord with me. Also a provocation about digital wellbeing and some practical strategies for effective discussion. Enjoy.

Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count
Stumbled on this video in the link below with Brené Brown explaining her approach to sharing ideas and critique to a room of designers.
Her comments about the people and critique we should choose to pay attention to, really resonated with me. To use her language, unless you are doing the work, in the arena with me, I am not interested in your critique.
Her caveat is that this choice shouldn’t diminish a connection we have or a relationship.
Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count
You might also consider the feedback strategy of giving yourself a Second Score.
I first came across it in “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well,” co-authored by Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone. Worthy of your time and standard reading for anyone interested in feedback.
It is pretty straightforward, basically we give ourselves a (you guessed it dear reader) Second Score. But importantly the assessment is about the way we received the feedback. Have a read below.
Give Yourself a Second Score
Self-awareness is Key to Effective Discussion
Thanks to subscriber Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent, Montana Catholic Schools, who shared this reading about the quality and effectiveness of discussion and dialogue.
At Dialogic Learning we are always interested in how we create and maintain the best possible conditions for high quality dialogue. Some practical tips summarised below to get your teeth into:
How might we develop the capacity to learn from a discussion?
  1.  Ask people to think of at least one reason why they’re wrong. This challenges overconfidence.
  2. Listen to the estimate of every single person in the group. Don’t let anybody get by without speaking.
  3. Don’t adjust your estimate unless you trust the reasons behind it.
Have a read of the conversation and podcast episode below. Thanks to Tim for the recommendation.
Why Self-awareness Is the Key to More Effective Team Discussions
Digital Wellbeing
For the last few weeks I have been using one of the Digital Wellbeing Experiments from Google on my mobile phone. Post Box is an experimental app that:
“helps you minimise distractions, by holding your notifications until a time that suits you. Simply choose how often you’d like your notifications to be delivered. When they arrive, they’ll be neatly organised for you to go through.”
Post Box by Google Creative Lab | Experiments with Google
My notifications are delivered at 9am, 1230pm and 6pm. The impact has been interesting. I feel - at least my perception has been (notwithstanding the Hawthorne Effect - that I am more focused. My thinking has been a little more clear and I have much more disinterest in my mobile device. Which is good.
We are in a time when we need better protocols around our use of devices and a deeper understanding of the impact they might have. Take a look at all the other experiments below. It is interesting to retrospectively map the problem they are attempting to resolve.
Digital Wellbeing Experiments | Experiments with Google
Thanks for exploring this week’s newsletter, I appreciate your time. See you next Friday.
~ Tom 
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