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Listen & ask [how we go beyond series]

02/05/2019 @ 13:00 - 16:00



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BASIS invites you to listen more and study the art of asking questions.

This workshop will focus on familiarizing participants with the Socratic Dialogue method and allows one to apply it to various situations in the context of student organisations, group assignments, or professional (internship) engagements. A Socratic Dialogue is an approach to become a better listener, asking the right questions, and ultimately the better moderation or facilitation of dialogue.

About the Socratic Dialogue
A Socratic Dialogue is a conversation method that makes it possible to reflect on important issues as a group. This implies that in principle nobody is wrong or right. Conclusions aren’t even important, they are just steps on the way. Like the original dialogues of the philosopher Socrates there might even not be a final conclusion at all. The process of the dialogue is all that really matters. This process might even be experienced as a kind of flow, where every participant feels fully immersed into the communal exchange of thoughts. On top of that, the question that has been chosen for the dialogue, is examined from every possible perspective, which often gives rise to innovative ideas and solutions, because the views of all participants are compared and unified. It is a great way to train emphatic listening and multifaceted thinking.

About the trainer
Erik Hoogcarspel studied philosophy and Buddhology in Groningen and Leiden. He taught Hinduism at the University of Nijmegen and philosophy at colleges and at the Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte. His publications include a translation of a Buddhist second century text from Sanskrit to both Dutch and English, and a book about the feasibility of a Western Buddhism. He published in several magazines and taught Socratic dialogue in high schools, in pubs and in private institutions.

Registration to this event is compulsory and requires a modest fee of €2.

The workshop will be given by a professional trainer and includes coffee/thee/water.

Location: room 3.54 at the Wijnhaven Campus.


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13:00 - 16:00
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Turfmarkt 99
The Hague, 2511DP Netherlands


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