Dialogical leadership training in Helsinki 18.3.-27.9.2019


Previous events

Consequences of trauma – what should everyone understand? 11.12.2018

Trainer Anne Kansanaho discusses the consequences of trauma for individuals and communities. Many face situations in their life which shatter the experience of the intactness of life. What are the effects of this for an individual? What does trauma mean for a community? How can we find ways to live wisely with trauma?

Dialogue in work supervision 12.12.2018

Trainer and process consultant Jarkko Soininen discusses how dialogue can be utilised in process consulting in different ways. One of the most powerful ways is the process consultant’s own active participation in dialogical discussions. At best, dialogue helps people to find together new creative solutions for the most complicated challenges in their work.

Skilful interaction in supervision 7.11.2018

Trainer, process consultant and researcher Sanna Vehviläinen discusses core phenomena of interaction in supervision, based on her research and extensive experience. What are the basic elements of good supervision? What are the typical issues that arise and what are their solutions?

Interdisciplinary interaction to tackle wicked problems 5.11.2018

Researcher Tuuli Hirvilammi discusses the significance of interdisciplinary interaction in studying wicked problems and systemically finding solutions to them. She discusses combining welfare research and environmental research as an example. How can we better understand the effects of nature and serious environmental issues on people’s wellbeing?

Presence – the experience of connection 10.10.2018

Virpi Koskela, a nomad of creative fields, presents her new doctoral thesis (Lappeenranta University of Technology) and its conclusions. The experience of presence can be understood as either connecting to oneself (to inner nature) or to other people and the environment (to outer nature). People’s experiences of presence enhance individuals’ and communities’ creativity and our experience of significance.

Polyphony in music and arrangement 1.10.2018

Trumpeter and arranger Tero Lindberg discusses his work in the field of music. A well-functioning band and successful arrangements demand combining the different skills and abilities of music professionals. What is communication between musicians really like? How is shared creativity generated?

Facilitating dialogue 17.9.2018

Sitra’s Executive Vice President Tapio Anttila shares his experiences and thoughts about working in demanding dialogues. What factors promote dialogue? What factors prevent dialogue? When is it time for dialogue? When is there reason to merely add dialogicality to different processes?

Well functioning network meetings 3.9.2018

Trainers Olli-Pekka Ahtiainen and Marko Kangas discuss dialogicality in network meetings. As an example, they use the city of Kouvola’s development of networks in welfare services. What are the key factors in the functionality of a network? How can dialogicality support success in networks?

Writing about experiences – A dialogue evening on diary work 23.5.2018

Mari Käki, a process consultant for creative fields, discusses diary work. Writing can help process relationships, identity and conflicting emotions. It can untangle questions about different stages of life or examine turning points. Throughout the evening we discuss creative writing as a tool for processing life.

Dialogue in organisational changes 25.4.2018

Researcher and trainer Tiina Soini discusses utilising dialogue in organisational changes. A successful process of change requires good collaboration from the employees and skilful leadership. How is change processed and supervised through dialogue? How can dialogue be included as part of an organisation’s actions?

Dialogue on stage – from text to performance 23.4.2018

Theatre director Esa Leskinen opens up the creative process in which a script develops from an idea into a performance. To create a play, dialogue is needed in writing, rehearsals and performances with the audience.

Dialogue in Japan – personal views and voice or community harmony and hierarchy? 26.3.2018

Professor Emeritus Tom Arnkil discusses his experiences with teaching dialogue in Japan. Dialogue seems to have a tendency to generate new types of inspiration and relationships between people, even from a very different type of culture at the other side of the world.

Dialogue as a civic skill 22.3.2018

Trainers Olli-Pekka Ahtiainen and Anne Kansanaho discuss the meaning of dialogue in a diverse and multicultural society. We need dialogue skills to understand each other’s experiences. Should dialogue be defined as a civic skill and should it be taught early on in school?

Perceptions for work community conflicts and resolving them 27.2.2018

Consultant Riitta Jauhiainen presents different types of views of work community conflicts and discusses her experiences within them as a mediator. What can conflicts say? How can they be resolved? How can work community conflicts be turned into shared learning?

Consequences of trauma – what should everyone understand? 11.12.2017

Trainers Anne Kansanaho and Katriina Lehti discuss the consequences of trauma for individuals and communities. Many face situations in their life which shatter the experience of the intactness of life. What are the effects of this on an individual? What does trauma mean for a community? How can we find ways to live wisely with trauma?

“Our Democratic Heritage” 8.11.2017

Philosophers Kai Alhanen and Tuukka Perhoniemi present their new book Demokraattinen perintömme (Our Democratic Heritage). Democracy is not one political idea amongst others. It is a multi-stranded weave of different intellectual and practical epiphanies which have developed over a long period of time. How can these ideas help us strengthen democracy now?

How to restore the feeling of control for staff at work 2.10.2017

Organisational coaches Tomi Lamppula and Pekka Lavila build the feeling of control for staff through a culture of experimentation. In this event they share their experiences of practical experiments and guide the participants into a discussion aimed at shared learning.

Dance as the dialogue of bodies 13.9.2017

Dancers Jukka Haapalainen and Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö discuss how a dance performance is born by examining the bodily feelings, movements and expressions of the dancer and their dance partner. A dance performance is both a dialogue between the performers and the audience.

How do we grasp other’s states of mind? 24.4.2017

Philosopher Joona Taipale introduces the topic for an evening in which we ponder the fundamentals of empathy. In an empathetic experience, understanding other people’s states of mind can be compared to listening to melody in music.

Can there be dialogue in politics? 27.3.2017

Journalist and theatre director Susanna Kuparinen discusses speech culture in politics with the participants. Political speech is often a form of debate, but sometimes also avoidance, talking over others and distraction. Is it even possible to have dialogue that aims at understanding in politics?

Vulnerability and non-verbal voice 16.2.2017

Singer, modern artist and researcher Heidi Fast discusses the phenomenon of non-verbal vocal interaction. We also examine how sound art can help express the most vulnerable features of being a human, those which are not included in rationalising speech. Why do we need vulnerability in our current society and what prevents us from expressing it? During the evening we also examine the effects of the resonance of the human voice in practice.

Dialogue in organisational changes 23.1.2017

Researcher and trainer Tiina Soini discusses utilising dialogue in organisational changes. A successful process of change requires good collaboration from the employees and skilful leadership. How is change processed and supervised through dialogue? How can dialogue be included as part of an organisation’s actions?

From hate speech to dialogue 13.12.2016

Trainer Jarkko Soininen presents results from training aimed at addressing hate speech. In training session throughout Finland in 2016, youth workers have been coached to confront young people’s hate speech through dialogical means. How is this done? Can hate speech be turned into dialogue?

Creativity as a full-time job 17.11.2016

Entertainer and popular culture multi-professional Sampo Marjomaa discusses the bases of creative work with the participants. Where do new, crazy and fun ideas come from? How are ideas developed and formed at different stages of work?

Leading a multicultural work community 24.10.2016

Researcher and developer Eila Isotalus and philosopher Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila discuss leadership in a multicultural work community. One of the challenges of a multicultural work community is that the members of the community do not know each other’s culturally bound meanings. “Negotiating reality” is a method for learning to better understand one’s own and each other’s meanings in everyday situations.

Space for meaningful work 29.9.2016

Researcher and trainer Elina Henttonen leads us to the sensibility of working life. In the strain of efficiency, haste, and measuring performance, the sensibility of working life becomes challenged. To counter this, new perceptions can be awakened to develop working life, to strengthen professional agency and to envision new communal work practices.

Imagination in dialogue 18.6.2016
Workshop with Professor Martha Nussbaum

The workshop brings together philosophers, artists, social scientists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, consultants and psychotherapists, interested in studying the role of imagination in human communality. More specifically, the aim is to discuss the possibilities of dialogical encounters and their dependency on our capacities of imagination, which is central to all human cooperation and culture whether educational, political or scientific.

The workshop draws inspiration and information from Professor Nussbaum’s philosophy, most importantly from her works Poetic Justice: The Literary Imagination and Public Life, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice and Not for Profit, and it aims at establishing a new form of scholarly exchange between philosophy, visual arts, and the human sciences.

The workshop is organized together with the University of Jyväskylä.

Dialogue of life and death – encounters between patients and doctors 19.5.2016

Haematologist Anu Laasonen leads us to think about how a shared, significant interaction is born from serious issues. What are the views of patients and doctors in finding or preventing it?

Shame through the eyes of a documentarist, 14.4.2016

Film director Mia Halme discusses how experiences of shame can be processed through documentaries. We also think about the role shame has in people’s relationships and communities. What does shame destroy? Is shame needed in some way?

What is a Socratic group dialogue? 31.3.2016

Philosopher Olli Ahlroos presents the philosophical fundamentals of Socratic group dialogue. How can we examine shared concepts in a group? How do we increase understanding of other’s perceptions and clarify our own?

Body in interaction 26.2.2016

Philosopher Sara Heinämaa discusses the fundamental bodily dimensions of people’s interactions. Connections between people are formed by much more than words alone.

Dialogue and a leader’s power 27.1.2016

Aretai’s CEO Marko Kangas discusses the relationship between dialogical leadership and power. How can we combine dialogicality and power? When does a leader need to allow space for free conversation and when must they tighten the reigns?

Faces and encounters 1.12.2015

Artist Vappu Rossi makes a live drawing of the faces of two participants and discusses the diversity of people’s faces and the depth hidden within them. During the lecture we pause to think about what happens in a face when people encounter each other. How can art sensitize us to the uniqueness of others’ faces?

Dialogue in the “here and now” 3.11.2015

Philosopher Kai Alhanen discusses the meaning of the here and now in dialogue. How do we generate growth for trust, mutual understanding and the birth of new ideas?