Sustaining Conversations

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Identification
Alternative names: 
What Sustains over time discussion.
Level of process: 
Method
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
This conversation raises the quesiton what is it that sustains someone over a long time even a life time?
Used as component of: 
This can be used as a component of a program on motivation or a workshop on motivation
Recognizable Components: 
The basic or focused conversations method
Types of Participants: 
any
Optimal amount of time needed: 
30 min
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
nothing concrete but some thinking about the things that motivate or sustain people.
Level of participation: 
high
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Pretty trusting one
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator should be comfortable with these kinds of conversations
Setting and Materials: 
The Helen Keller Quote should be printed out for everyone to read.
Resources Needed: 
Helen Keller quote (see file)
Pre-Work Required: 
It is good to have thought through your own answers to these questions so you know what to expect to some degree from the particpants.
Procedures: 

Context
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1. Have a participant read the section out of Helen Keller's Autobiography.

Reflection
1. What words or phrases struck you?
2. What sustained Helen Keller or kept her going?
3. What did she know or believe that sustained her?
4. What activities or actions sustained her?
5. What things sustain people when they are facing great difficulty?
6. What specific readings or sayings or activities sustain you or keep you going in times of difficulty?
7. What guidelines or wisdom would you give someone who is about to make a lifetime commitment?

Closing
Thank you very much. We will now move to ....

How flexible is the process?: 
quite
Follow-Up Required: 
Nothing specific
Background
Developer: 
Jon jenkins
Derived from: 
The Institute of Cultural Affairs Basic Conversations Method.
History of Development: 

This coversation was developed for an advanced Training of Trainers program for the Dutch Telephone company.

References: 
<p>Spencer, L. (1989). <i>Winning Through Participation</i>, Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.<br> Stanfield, B., Ed. (1997). <i>The Art of Focused Conversation</i>, Toronto: The Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs. <br> Wilson, P. H., Harnish, K. & Wright, J. (2003). <i>The Facilitative Way</i>, TeamTech Press, Shawnee Mission, KS.</br></p>
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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