The words of the dialogue blocks are based on the foundations of the dialogue – previously understood and structured. Notable writers, thinkers and researchers in the theoretical background of dialogue blocks are the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, the father of dialogue philosophy Martin Buber, the developer of dialogical management of organizations William Isaacs and Jukka Hankamäki, who studied the philosophy of dialogue.
Dialogue is often understood in everyday language as discussion. However, dialogue is much broader than just discussion. The core of dialogue consists of striving for consensus and is free from slander, manipulation, and persuasion. That is why dialogue cannot always be achieved. In fact, it is much rarer than we would like to believe.
Dialogue does not come true by itself. It always requires reciprocity on the part of the parties. Settling into a dialogical relationship requires self-recognition and requires the courage to accept the other as an equal being, as he is. The dialogical connection is free of goals and purposes. In a dialogical reciprocal relationship, the other is not used as a tool or advantage. The purpose of dialogue is not to mediate or make similar. On the contrary, in a dialogical context, difference and differences become humanly true and accepted. In a dialogical context, the parties allow the other to influence themselves.
Dialogue is more of a way than a method that could be introduced as needed. There is no right style or working recipe to start a dialogue. It starts with yourself. Dialogue requires taking responsibility for one’s own thinking and not just one’s own reactions.