Members founded CED on a commitment to dialogue-a process of listening and speaking on common ground. Dialogue does not hide conflict. It is listening and speaking in ways that encourage understanding, new thinking, and cooperation. Guided by skilled staff and facilitators, CED sessions allow participants time to explore key strategic issues. Linda Gioja and other CED facilitators have worked with the Plenary to guide the CED dialogue into deeper communications than in typical round table discussions. By encouraging honest, open exchanges of ideas and respectful, thoughtful listening, the CED dialogue moves beyond the sum of any one member’s knowledge. This is the notion of “collective intelligence.”
In a society as diverse as California, environmental solutions require support from a broad set of interests. The Plenary uses dialogue to deepen understanding of alternative views, learn together, and develop better policy recommendations than are typical in competitive public debate. CED seeks to develop this support for innovative and efficient policy solutions among its members, key decision makers, and the public.
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