The Putnam Pit
Putnam Pit links to David Bohm's observations
Since [David Bohm's] death we have attempted to continue
our exploration [into dialogue] in this same direction. These days there
are no stars or perceived leaders to whom members of the group can look
for aid or advise. Participation has thus come to be seen as a collective
undertaking, a mutual responsibility for what goes on -- or what doesn't
go on. If someone attempts to control the group process or to guide it
toward his or her objectives or personal viewpoint it is incumbent on other
members of the group to query this, no matter what authority might be claimed.
If an individual in a group feels that the conversation has become stuck,
circular or out of line with the intentions of dialogue, then it is important
for that person to say so in order that the whole group can look at what
is actually happening. The intent is neither to criticise nor to alter
what is happening but to try and see how it arises and what it means.