Power tree of dialogue

We chose the topics for our discussions based on our working life experiences.We thought about various situations where we might need dialogue at any work place and chose few of those for closer inspection.

This course was about dialogue at work life. The atmosphere was open minded and accepting. The concepts that came up were freedom, humanity and equality. We learned about dialogue by using the skills in practise. We got open minded about new projects and new cultures.

We come from diverse backgrounds, we had many different majors in our group, e.g. social sciences, administrative sciences and international relations. In addition to university students 3 refugees attended the class through the Let’s Work Together project. Meeting people from other cultures and hearing about their experiences was interesting. Having people from various backgrounds enabled us to converse in rich dialogue with many different perspectives.




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Cards Against Conflict

This game was invented in an English course KKENVAL4 where we were practicing dialogue skills. Our group wanted to work on conflict skills and this game is the end product of that process.

We were inspired by the dialogue practices we had during this course that included following topics: values, judging, assumptions, voicing and listening and forgiveness in organizations. The How to deal with a conflict model and the card game Cards Against Conflict was also inspired by our group values that we set at our first meeting: co-operation, humor, respect, creativity and responsibility. These values were alongside the process whole time, and especially humor is highly emphasized in the game. Cards Against Conflict game is also inspired by the Cards Against Humanity game.

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Be aware of your assumptions

We are the students from the “Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work” Summer School 2016 course. We have a very international group, composed by students coming from all over the world. Our group task represents our collective work of dialogue, since its very beginning, when we decided together the topic, the way we would do it, and so on. In this direction, we talked about dialogue techniques and theories, at the same time that we were practicing it in a multicultural group.

In our group work, we have a fictional day-by-day situation in a working place, a “case study”, in which assumptions and judgements can interfere in the group´s communication. In the end, we summarized some of our learnings over dialogue.

We hope you enjoy it!

Here you find our presentation:

Dialogue group work project Summer School 2016

From Dusk till Dawn…


  • We are students for Dialogue: constructive talk at work -course. From the beginning we hand this strong consensus about doing poster as our group task. The poster includes the values of our group and elements of constructive communication that we think are important. Our group’s values are: Respect, dedication, freedom, security and last but definitely not least humour.

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First Day of Work: How I Survived

Everything looked so new and clean and the room that I was in was huge. I was nervous and alone, waiting in the lobby and sweating. I was told that someone would pick me up.

Suddenly someone said hi to me. I looked up and recognised the man from the job interview from several months ago. We shook hands and I followed him to a small meeting room full of other people. They were newcomers too, my future coworkers and friends (hopefully), and they looked just as nervous as I did. There were even some familiar faces and when they saw me, they said hi. I responded with a wave. Then we started with the introductions.

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How to Make Work More Enjoyable: Tips and Tricks

In this post we present a few low-budget tips how people can make work more fun. It is important to try to keep these things regular and really reserve time for mentioned activities.

  • Have a positive attitude

Remembering to smile and greet others is an important way of improving wellbeing. Humor is also always a good way to further fun atmosphere. Noticing other people’s work input and giving positive feedback spreads good vibes around the office. Continue reading

Communication at Work: The Little Things

This will be a blog series on how to make working life more enjoyable. The series will consist of three posts, with the first one dealing with workplace communication. We, the authors of this blog series, are all students, yet we come from different fields and have different experiences about working life. Some of us are only just starting out, some have already been in the workforce for many years, but we are all interested in developing our own communication skills at work. Hopefully the group task of creating this blog series will move us further towards that goal.

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