February 24, 2016

 

Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD)is the method used by the Zeidler Center in Milwaukee. The basic tools of that method come from the Public Conversations Project in  Watertown, Massachusetts.

 

My personal conviction is that while similar to many important methods,...

February 2, 2016

 

Hearing my granddaughter Zadie rehearse the musical scales with her violin recently, it reminded me that music, art, and other disciplines have some central and essential characteristics.  As a Michael Jordan admirer, I remember a teammate saying of this great basketb...

January 6, 2016

“Rick, I think you’ve thrown in the towel!”  A good friend of mine had thrown down the gauntlet!  He thought I was taking the ‘why fight city hall?’ stance.  I was offended, but recovered and taking his comment seriously, I look for new direction as a citizen of Milwau...

December 11, 2015

Looking for the gift that keeps on giving?  Or the gift for the person who has everything? 

 

How about the gift of ‘civil conversation.’  Good, fresh, meaningful conversation is something everyone needs.

 

At the recent “Whiteness and Privilege” conversation, I was e...

September 21, 2015

Rick Deines, a conversation facilitator with The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion and a Milwaukee resident for 33 years, asks what Milwaukee can learn from the recently released Ferguson Commission report. Originally posted in Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service:...