One of the Sharevision group meeting guidelines ensures that each member of the group has the same amount of time to talk. Participants may offer ideas, experiences, memories, dreams…. and stay away from giving advice. We call this sort of dialogue associative rather than directive. In Sharevision meetings listening is as important as speaking.
Sharevision Provides a Structure
What you and your colleagues can get out of participation:
- A positive environment for exchanging ideas
- A place where everyone’s voice is invited
- Expanded thinking about a variety of experiences
- A lively venue to freely express unconventional ideas
- An inviting space to use the language of the arts
- An opportunity to develop respectful communication
Lynn Hoffman (2011) best described one of the benefits of participating in Sharevision as follows:
The experience of Sharevision “draws the toxicity out” of people who have previous human interactions when there was a misuse of power imbalances, by not allowing people to re-enact them in meetings. Instead Sharevision requires each participant receive the same amount of air-time asserting equal value and status. It shifts the interaction from being impositional (where some people dominate the conversation or agenda, leaving out or marginalizing others) to instead being supportive, lifting and uplifting each participant. It may be uncomfortable for participants at first, taking up space, or giving space to others. A great reason to learn how to interact equitably is that it benefits everyone. It’s like a salve or a poultice, it draws out the poisonous feelings from the past – it is healing.
Dr. Ellen Landis (2010) found one of the benefits of practicing Sharevision was the reduction of secondary trauma symptoms experienced by clinicians who had been exposed to relational violence in their caseload.
Become More Effective Communicator
For group meetings, team building, debriefing, strategic planning and design:
- Practice sharing time equitably to improve listening and speaking skills
- Become more self-reflective, open to and appreciative of other people’s input as expanding your own views
- Generate multiple perspectives and promote the value of the expression of divergent ideas
- Build relationships with colleagues in a supportive atmosphere
- Connect personally with interactions grounded in a context of empathy