Radical Presence: A Stance For Dialogic Transformation

How to embrace uncertainty in mixed professional contexts that seemingly demand expert actions? How to create space for dialogue using our skills from everyday and common conversations? How can appreciation of dialogue liberate us to use who we truly are for our clients’ profit?

Unlike most other professional orientations, dialogue offers no technique or method.  And yet, a relational understanding of meaning – one that embraces reflexive inquiry, multiplicity and imagination – opens new possibilities for creativity and change.  

We will explore how to enter into dialogue

so as to invite the unexpected

Ironically, creating space for the unexpected requires preparation.

How do we confront the tension between this preparation and suspending an „all knowing“, expert position?

During the 2 days workshop we will explore…

  • Ways to maintain this tension by replacing our abstract positions with our lived stories – the richly textured, relational scenarios we engage in with others.  
  • The open, unbounded nature of dialogue by discussing the notions of generous listening, creating a dialogic space, and inviting multiplicity for ourselves and for our dialogic partners.  
  • Our professional identities and ways how to balance the need for expert position that is inconsistent or incoherent with our dialogic orientation.

Lecturer: Sheila McNamee, Ph.D.

Sheila McNamee is Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire and co-founder and Vice President of the Taos Institute (http://www.taosinstitute.net).

Professor McNamee has held Visiting Professorships at City University (Hong Kong), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and the University of Parma (Italy). She was Professor of Culture Studies at Tilburg University from 2013-2016.

Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, and communities.

Among her most recent books are Research and Social Change: A Relational Constructionist Approach, with Dian Marie Hosking (Routledge, 2012) and Education as social construction: Contributions to theory, research and practice, edited by Dragonas, Gergen, McNamee & Tseliou (WorldShare Books, 2015)

Are you interested? Register here:

We will send all the important info about directions, accommodation and payments to your e-mail after registration.


  • More than 14 days in advance – full refund
  • 5–14 days in advance – 50 % refund
  • 0–5 days in advance – no refund

Any queries? Contact the organisers:

Pavel Nepustil
about the programme
e-mail: nepustil@narativ.cz

Radka Pavlů
about payments
e-mail: info@narativ.cz
phone: 774 311 765

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