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Dialogic Organization Development by Gervase R. Bushe, Robert J. Marshak, Edgar H. Schein

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13Hosting and Holding Containers

Chris Corrigan

Dialogic Organization Development practitioners work with the concept of a “container” to describe both the result of dialogic tools and processes and the space in which such tools and processes unfold.1 Containers are intangible yet real spaces in which the potential and possibility of a group can unfold. They have boundaries that are physical and psychological. They are often best characterized by a feel, but they are nevertheless real aspects of deep dialogic practice.

An important role of Dialogic OD practitioners is the creation and maintenance of the container. Within the container the work of Dialogic OD can unfold. People can enter into relationships that seek emergence and the activation ...

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