Dare to Disagree

This talk on disagreement and openness is very thought provoking. I tend to agree with it, but at what point does disagreement become disharmony? How do you teach the skills to argue and disagree passionately, but do so rationally and still come to a resolution on how to move forward?

As an example, it seems in politics we have no problem with argument and disagreement. What we lack (in my opinion) is the critical thinking and civil debate we seem to lack.

Update: I intended the political comment to be an example of where we disagree quite openly and vocally, but don’t discuss facts. It wasn’t intended as a political statement.

Dare to Disagree

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5 Responses to Dare to Disagree

  1. I think there is civil conversation and critical decision making,however it isn’t for the cameras. it is done in back rooms. The politicians would prefer to have the general public on the verge of civil war between political parties.

    Believing the Republicans and Democrats are the Hatfield and McCoy’s. Behind the scenes they trade Christmas cards, hang out, and lobby one another.

    Personally i think we should make congressional raises a ballot issue, and they cannot get them unless we vote for them every 2 years.

    When we have a natural disaster we should bus in the politicians and force them to endure the same hardships as the people and see how their votes are reflected.

    I feel in general that Politicians have become a social elitist class. Public Service was supposed to be a sacrifice. What sacrifice does it show to accept a job then not show up to do it, committee service or votes, when you are running for re-election.

    Politicians are supposed to serve the public, not the Public serve the politicians. At least that wasn’t supposed to be how America was or we all would have been praising King George Washington the 1st.


  2. Andy Warren says:

    Getting it right is hard, even at a two people trying to agree level. I’ve often thought businesses needed on staff facilitators/mediators to keep meetings productive without becoming destructive. Hard to sell that. Hard to get it working without it, requires a lot of – say maturity – to get it to work otherwise.


    • way0utwest says:

      It certainly requires a lot of maturity. Not sure how well I would do it. The more I think about it, the more I think it’s really hard to draw a line when to stop, or limit the debate and criticism and when to move forward.

      We need some disagreement and challenging of assumption, but we also have to get things moving.


  3. Hey Steve, Sorry about that I jumped the gun before I saw the link to the TED video. Great talk. It is a very interesting point.

    I’ve been in places where I could speak freely and others where I couldn’t. The environments where you cannot speak freely often have the largest problems with morale.


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