Dynamic Agreement

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Dynamic Agreement puts the power of creating agreement and addressing change in the hands of the people affected by it.

Most relationships involve agreements. Some of those agreements are important enough to write down and formalize in a contract. The importance we place on the relationship often determines what the persons involved want to know about each other. For example, if we’re considering entering into an agreement which may result in us being substantially affected by the actions of the other person, we’d probably want to know if:

  • we’re compatible for the purpose of the agreement (e.g. marriage, employment, business partnership, exclusive supplier, landlord/tenant, etc),
  • we share common values and principles,
  • we share a common vision, and our motivations for entering into agreement are mutually acceptable.


Dynamic Agreement Dialogue

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Dynamic Agreement Dialogue™ (DAD) is the collaborative, co-creative communication process utilized to create and maintain Dynamic Agreement™. DAD uses time proven processes and techniques to facilitate communication, decision-making, and address conflict.


Active, empathetic listening and first person perspective storytelling are central to DAD. DAD methodology is used to construct an environment conducive to honest, respectful communication. Since DAD facilitates conversation (cooperative) rather than discussion (adversarial), participants are relieved of the need to respond to the speaker and can give themselves fully to the art of listening. Intentional listening can result in better understanding, new perspectives, and well-informed decisions.


Community and Conflict

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At last count the population of Earth is over 7,000,000,000 human beings and growing. All those people, in one way or another, live in community. Community can be a wonderfully exuberant and satisfying experience. It can take the form of family, friendship, or other relationships such as business, school, and church association. Living in community can result in partnerships, life-long friendships, shared benefit, support, comfort, and security. Experts now tell us the physiology of human beings indicates we are made for community. Perhaps that’s why community can be a joyful state of being.

Along with the joys of humanity come the challenges. Often those challenges are the products of our diversity and imperfection. Diversity can lead to divergent points of view. Our imperfection can result in us making mistakes and causing harm to ourselves and others. It’s not unusual for divergent perspectives and harm resulting from mistake to lead to conflict. So, if we live in community, it’s not a matter of IF we will experience conflict, it’s only a matter of WHEN.