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, coach, and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience in the corporate world, as a consultant and business owner. She is best known for her pioneering work in” Bohm Dialogue” a communication practice based on the work of David Bohm in the 1990s and co-authored the book with Glenna Gerard, Dialogue: The Transforming Power of Conversation (1998, Wiley & Sons).
Linda has worked for AT&T, International Paper Company, Exxon Office systems, and a start-up company, called Mnemos. In these companies she held marketing positions translating customer needs into new products and services. She has a decade of experience as an out-placement consultant for Drake, Beam Morin and as an executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership in La Jolla, CA. She developed a wellness center modeling sustainable business practices in the Tucson, AZ area from the mid 2000s to 2015 and served in a variety of pro-bono climate change organizations including Sustainable Tucson and the Tucson Climate Change Committee.
She currently sits on the US Board of the Academy of Professional Dialogue as Vice President, holds video-recorded interviews with seasoned professionals within the Bohm-inspired Dialogue Community and runs monthly global dialogues. She holds an MBA from Columbia University, a BS from New York University, and has completed a PhD program in Jungian psychology with Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Glenna Gerard is a gifted facilitator, coach, experiential learning designer, and leader, with 30+ years of experience working in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Her passion is designing and facilitating developmental experiences that support people in building capacity for conscious development and collective wisdom in service of creating profound results.
In the 1990s Glenna pioneered the development of Bohm-inspired Dialogue, co-authoring Dialogue: Rediscover the transforming power of conversation, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1998, with Linda Ellinor.
In addition to her work with Dialogue, Glenna creates guided experiences, partnering with nature, and utilizing specific frameworks and practices. The goal – to build individual and collective capacity for inner stillness, self-awareness, and the wisdom to discern ‘what is needed now’ for the wellbeing of a given living system.
Glenna graduated from Columbia University, NY, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her partner Dave.
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.