The Action Dialogue Group (ADG) provides training, coaching, facilitation, and organization development consulting services all resting on a foundation of dialogic theory and principles.
It was the late David Bohm, whose work with quantum physics, philosophy, and social psychology, provided the initial inspiration back in the early 1990’s with the launch of The Dialogue Group (co-founded by Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard). Other influences include the new sciences such as chaos theory and biology as well as ideas from Native American Council Processes, Quaker Business and spiritual practices.
ADG combines Dialogue with other participative processes such as Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, Future Search, World Cafe, Top Methods, Dynamic Facilitation, etc. in our design of group experiences. Participants come away from these experiences with renewed inspiration and the necessary shared meaning between them that lead to superior results.
ADG’s long-term vision is for society at large to evolve into a sustainable and coherent world in which each individual expresses and is valued for their unique individual gifts to the whole.
Our mission is to spread the practice of dialogic conversation for creating a just and sustainable world that works for all.
Because Dialogue is based on a paradigm emerging out of quantum mechanics and systems theory, our world is seen as an undivided whole that is radically interconnected. Dialogue promotes actions that take the whole and the future into consideration.
The decisions being made now will have increasingly crucial effects on future generations. ADG builds this into the work we do, helping to hold the field for its clients to see the larger impacts of nearer-term decisions and actions. Thus, climate action and the movement to a sustainable world is built into its consulting, training, and coaching services.
ADG offers our services in both face-to-face and virtual settings using high-definition video and a digital platform that builds community. This allows people all over the world to connect together in real-time settings and to share their experiences across large geographical distances.
Our values and beliefs include:
- Full participation of stakeholders (those affected by collective decisions) is mandatory
- Respect for all voices – each voice informs the larger whole
- Acknowledgement of the inherent collective wisdom arising from sustained Dialogue
- The importance of deep individual and collective reflection for social and organizational change
Incoherent shared meaning or culture is a major root problem of many of our most intractable organizational, social, environmental, and political problems.
Learning together from experience and our ability to master how to think together will be a huge step forward in collective work. Dialogue can play an important role.
Linda Ellinor is a visionary leader, facilitator, and organization development consultant with over 30+ years of experience in the corporate, non-profit, and small-business sector. She is best known for her pioneering work training facilitators in Bohm Dialogue.
She is co-founder of The Dialogue Group and co-author of Dialogue: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation (Wiley & Sons, 1998), which has been translated into three languages and is now available as a downloadable e-book.
Linda holds a PhD (abd) in Jungian Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, an MBA from Columbia University, and BS from NYU.
Glenna Gerard is a gifted facilitator and guide. She supports leaders in growing their self and collective leadership skills through self-awareness, emotional intelligence, productive Dialogue, and strategic and systemic thinking. She is the creator of multiple workshops and retreats.
In the 90s, Glenna pioneered the development of Dialogue and co-authored Dialogue: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation (Wiley & Sons, 1998) with Linda Ellinor.
Glenna has designed strategic initiatives using Dialogue; facilitated strategic Dialogues; created and facilitated leadership programs; coached facilitators and leaders; and designed and taught curriculum in the areas of Dialogue, facilitation, coaching, leadership, innovation, strategic thinking and reconciling differences.
Marti Roach is a facilitator, trainer and strategy thought partner who works with groups and multi-stakeholder collaboratives in addressing positive solutions to complex social issues. Marti’s design and facilitation skills productively engage all voices and supports conversations and strategic thinking that lead to effective action. Her work cuts across diverse fields including Aging, Youth Development, Health & Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness, Community and Economic Development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Marti is a trainer and capacity builder for individual professionals and organizations. She is a licensed, senior trainer of Technology of Participation Courses including Facilitation Methods, Strategic Planning, Facilitation for Innovation and Facilitation Fundamentals.
A significant portion of Marti’s time –paid and pro bono- currently supports engagement and effective action addressing climate change, working with the Climate Reality Project, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 350.org. and other local and national groups.
Marti has an MSW from University of Michigan where she specialized in community planning and organizing.
Lucas Cioffi is founder of QiqoChat, a platform to help members of an online community connect with each other around shared interests and collaborate in an efficient way.