Values and Ethos Dialogue

Values and Ethos Dialogue

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This tool should be used before generating any ideas or solutions. It provides a grounding ethical foundation in what is meant by a mutually beneficial public-planet partnership.


1. Appoint a facilitator, who transcribes, controls the flow of the conversation and upholds the following rules:

    • Raise you hand if you want to speak and wait until the facilitator nominates you.
    • Do not interrupt, facilitator will ask interrupters politely to wait.
    • Listen to each other, rather than just thinking about what you want to say next. The facilitator may ask you to summarise what another person has said
    • Be clear and concise. If someone is unclear or taking too long, the facilitator may interrupt and ask them to re-make their point clearly and briefly.
    • Refrain from appealing to external authority – only use personal experience

2. Structure your conversation in three rounds:

  • State examples from your personal experience that embody or illustrate a PPP. Explore each example and select the one most relevant to the question; agree where and when in the chosen example that a true PPP is exemplified.
  • Craft a definition of a PPP from the chosen example. In case you don’t have a personal example, you can select one from the case studies.
  • Apply your definition of a PPP to the other examples not chosen, and see if it holds. If not, keep amending the definition. Find counter experiences to falsify and modify if necessary.
  • Jointly review the collective written ‘history’ of the conversation and see if you can reach a consensus conclusion– it is above all about the shared searching itself.

Source: Adapted from the THNK School for Creative Leadership