The Sage Conversation

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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Intent or purpose: 
To reflect on the experience of encountering people of wisdom and to experience the demand to become wise.
Used as component of: 
We use this in an advanced training of facilitators course. It can be used to set up a creativity session
Recognizable Components: 
The structure of the conversations is the Institute of Cultural Affairs's Focused Conversation Method.
Types of Participants: 
Any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2 - 45 Min.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Thinking about what it would mean to be a wise person.
Level of participation: 
High
Ideal Conditions: 
relaxed
Potential Pitfalls: 
Participatns may disbelieve that they can be wise.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
One of trust
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Some level of selfconfidence is needed coupled with humility
Setting and Materials: 
none
Resources Needed: 
none
Pre-Work Required: 
It is a good idea for the facilitator to review the questions and answer them.
Procedures: 

<b>Context</b><br>
1. I want us to look at wisdom. Some people seem to radiate wisdom. They enable people to see deeper, more profoundly than they normally do.
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<b>Steps</b><br>
<i>(note: these questions are arenas of questions to help your thinking. Not all of the questions should be asked. + indicates a separate set of questions.)</i><br>
1. Who are some of the wisest people you have ever met?<br>
+ Who are some of the wisest people in history?<br>
2. What are the qualities that make them wise?<br>
+ What did they really teach?<br>
3. When have you be required to have these qualities?<br>
+ What was the real issue they were dealing with?<br>
4. What was it like to play the role of sage? What did it feel like? What were you aware of?<br>
+ When have you had to deal with a similar kind of issue?<br>
5. What are social situations where people need to come to terms with reality?<br>
+ What are the major illusions of our time?<br>
6. What practical insight do you have about how to become the sage to deal with these situations?<br>
+ How would you train others to deal with these illusions?
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<b>Closing</b><br>
1. One of the critical demands of our time has to do with the recovery of authentic wisdom. If we could unlock this in everyone, there would be a real transformation in society.

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How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
none
Background
Developer: 
Jon Jenkins
Derived from: 
The Focused conversation method of the Instittute of Cultural Affairs
History of Development: 

It was developed for an advanced Training of Trainers program.

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