Welcome (Bienvenidos) to the International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice. The Journal brings together members of a growing international community of practitioners, scholars, educators, researchers, and consultants from diverse disciplines who are interested in collaborative-dialogic practice based in postmodern-social construction assumptions. This community responds to important questions in social and human sciences such as:
How can our practices have relevance for the people we meet in our fast changing world?
What will this relevance accomplish? For whom? And, who determines it?
Globalization and technology have influenced a rhizomatic spawning of social, cultural, political, and economic transformations. Concomitantly they have influenced a shrinking interdependent world and one in which segmentation of peoples, ideologies, and values prevail. Yet, though for different reasons, people increasingly want to participate, contribute, and share ownership in decisions about their daily lives and their futures. Our traditional perspectives and mainstream practices of producing knowledge, solving problems and creating change no longer meet the unavoidable contemporary complexities inherent in these rapid changes and the challenges they present. We are compelled by these challenges and people’s voices to continually reassess how we understand the world we live in, how we respond to the people we meet, the relevancy of our practice tools, and our ways of being with others.
The International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices is designed as one part of a timely and valuable response to these challenges. It aims to spotlight interconnected issues such as: 1) the juxtaposition of democracy, social justice, and human rights; 2) the importance of people’s voices locally and globally; and 3) the fundamental need for collaboration. Toward this aim, the Journal publishes articles on a variety of practices from various disciplines, contexts and cultures, and it encourages the inclusion of well-published authors and those who are just beginning to write about their work.
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The International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice provides a bilingual forum for the exchange of ideas and practices from diverse practitioners and scholars around the world. This forum aims to help produce and promote relationally responsive-dialogic processes which generate new opportunities and new futures in our working and living together locally and globally. The Journal is peer reviewed and seeks to feature known published and newly writing authors. All issues are archived.
Welcome to Issue 7 honoring John Shotter who died on December 8, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. John is most known for his steadfast challenges over decades to mainstream psychology and the emergent thought-provoking and inspiring perspective he offered.
Sheila McNamee was the obvious choice for Guest Editor of this Special Issue, and I extend my deepest gratitude for her enthusiastic acceptance of my invitation and for the marvelous job she did in assembling the collection of essays. Both Sheila and I are deeply grateful for their contributions. Most of all, we are thankful that John had the opportunity to read the contributions before his death. I also extend gratitude to the Journal’s Translation Editor Monica Sesma and her team of volunteers who on short notice quickly translated the contributions. A big thank you to Britianella Washington, Editorial Assistant, whose time, energy, and technical skills readied the Issue for publication, and to Saliha Bava for her keen eye for detail and special touch.
Founder HGI and Co-Founder Taos Institute
The Journal is published in English and Spanish.
2 issues per year (spring and fall)
The Journal is an open-access on-line publication that is offered in the spirit of promoting community and collaboration across cultures, contexts and disciplines.
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