What + Who = How
Our What’s are the controversy surrounding solar energy and other renewable energy sources that Green Empowerment helps implement in rural communities. Our Who is our Green Empowerment partners, as well as, Green Empowerment itself. One possible How approach that connects our What to our Who could be solar energy skeptics and pro solar energy exchanging experiences to understand where each group is coming from. Sharing various points of view on a controversial issue like solar energy will create a more understanding space. You can read more on how solar energy can be perceived as controversial on one of our our previous posts, “Green Empowerment’s Search for the Truth.”
Approaches for the Dialogical How
As we create a relationship and partnership with Green Empowerment we must remember that a conversation is a two way street. It is important for us to ask questions that will help us build a better understanding of them, but it is also pertinent that we give them an opportunity to ask us questions about ourselves, our school, and our goals. Telling stories and finding commonalities are great ways to build a rapport. With that being said, we have to acknowledge that the staff team at Green Empowerment are very busy people and we will have to be flexible in working with their schedules as we try to build this rapport without getting in the way of their work.
Because there are so many actors at play with an organization like Green Empowerment, there are many opportunities for dialogical engagement. As we connect with the organization, it will be important for us to use the skills and tactics that we have learned for how we can most effectively engage with these actors. In order for us understand these actors and the work that they do, we will have to formulate well thought out questions, and even more importantly, we will have to diligently listen to their answers. There might be inner workings of the organization that we don’t fully understand yet, that we would like to get a better handle on. There might be decisions that they make that we don’t fully agree with. In order to engage, inquire, and learn about the organization we will have to communicate effectively and be open to sharing and listening to new perspectives.
Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing (Broockman and Kalla 2016)
This Broockman and Kalla article examines the concept of engagement through canvassing interactions and approaches. By interacting with individuals in a way that it would give a chance for different points of view and sides to the issue to be heard, it would allow for multiple perspectives to play a role in the conversation. Through sharing ideas and the perspectives of different people and groups when it comes to such a debated issue as transphobia, there may be commonalities. However, even if there is still disagreement, this way all sides of the conversation could listen and learn from others in order to show respect. The articles demonstrate how canvassers approach in this personal way, by allowing the other individuals to present their stories and views of this issue. Then by using this to their advantage, canvassers frame their approach to relate to the struggles that people face when encountering transphobic ideas and thoughts in order to appeal to others.
TAL podcast: “Knock Knock. Who’s There? The Truth.”
The TAL podcast sent the message that the ability to be vulnerable with another person can affect that person’s values and beliefs. Simply by engaging with someone who may otherwise not share the same values, mindsets can change when exposed to another perspective through the use of vulnerability. Such as Glass states, using tactics that are based on rationality and intellectualism don’t have the same effect.
Narrative 4: Story Exchange Method
The Narrative 4 website states that the use of story exchange offers this opportunity with “the result of careful preparation in partnership with the host and skilled facilitation that creates mutual respect among every person in the exchange.”
Broockman, David, and Joshua Kalla. “Durably Reducing Transphobia: A Field Experiment on Door-to-Door Canvassing.” Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. April 8, 2016. Link