Community Dialogue Skills


Finding Common Ground: Conscious, Intercultural and Experiential Life Long Learning

What are Community Dialogue Skills? What are Community Building Skills?

In our globalized world we need the kind of education that you can learn, polish and master, no matter what the circumstances – whether it is your job, the kind of family you have or where you live in your neighborhood.   Education should be something that rebalances what you couldn’t see about yourself and then once learned, you can polish by yourself.   Community Dialogue Skills is one of the great lifelong learning skills you can learn, polish and master.  Community building Skills can help you put your dialogue skills to use right where you live and work.

Community Dialogue Skills are easy and intriguing to learn because they help you notice how and when you think and then learn to control your thinking so you say the right thing not the wrong right thing.   Simple exercises will help you get on the right track with any of your relationships.  Then you can experiment and polish your communications and eventually become a master of dialogue. 

You can use them in a hundred different ways.  Your experience with them will build the kind of wisdom you need to change your situations and grow your own world. Grow your own community.  You can use your community dialogue skills to create collaboration, to unite people, and to create something of value together. To do this you need to be in the driver’s seat.  You can't just be a passenger.

Need better intercultural skills to find common ground with people of different cultures or ethnicities?  Community Dialogue Skills works wonders here too. 

Community Dialogue Skills will help you draw upon who you are.  It will teach you how to be useful to others when they are in trouble, how to create something meaningful together at work or in your community or family.  Or when disaster strikes your neighborhood and you need to make the right thing happen.

Community Building Skills are a vital area of need in cities now. Communities are the cells of the city and the engines of the planet.  It is here that human beings and the rest of the community of life coalesce and live together.  Many of us ignore this reality to our peril and misfortune.  Learning to be and live in a sustainable community that encourages support for all life in the community means not just to commit to recycling but also to care, especially about the wellbeing of others.  This is wisdom because whether we are conscious of it or not, we are interconnected.   

The United Nations in 2015 announced the Sustainable Development Goals for the next decade.  One set of goals is for sustainable communities.   Your community dialogue skills will help you have the right communication skills to contribute to and live in the community you want.  You will learn to feel the conscious interconnection of all people around the world – right in your own community. 

Community Dialogue Skills

All of the lifelong learning programs at ECCN start with this basic construct:  Community Dialogue Skills and Community Building Skills matter.  This is because you need to be in the driver’s seat of your world if you want things to change for the better.  You learn to understand nature better, understand yourself better and participate in your community in a meaningful way.  This means you learn from us but you also learn to create value in your own unique way.  Add to the planet in a way that is good, beautiful and of benefit to all.

Dialogue is the energy of the universe after all.  How exciting to be tapping into life itself!  We will put you in your driver’s seat and you will drive your own car on your own road.

Community Dialogue Skills Basic Course

Private: Three-month course, twice a week. You will develop community dialogue skills to help you reconnect to nature in your community, to who you are and where you are going, and to others.  This puts you in the driver’s seat.  More exercises help you listen better to others, yourself, to notice when you judge or assume, and learn to create and change relationships for the better.

Professional development for teachers:  Three-month course, twice a week.  You will learn to deepen the teacher-student relationship through community dialogue skills.  Today’s teachers need to deepen the inner self and guide students to developing their own character as well. Reconnecting to nature can create a new self who wants, again, to contribut to your community and can help students climb into their own driver's seat too.


Stephanie Tansey has written one book and is on her second regarding dialogue and sustainability.  The first book is Recovery of the Heart, Dialogues with People Working towards a Sustainable Beijing (Beijing, New World Press: 2012). This is almost out of print but is being reprinted and also translated in 2016.  Her second book looks at a community in Beijing and one in Washington, DC and asks urban residents about what they want in a sustainable community.  This book should be out in 2016 as well.  She started this new book in 2014 when both communities were not even thinking about sustainability as a community.  Now, since 2015, the interest has been growing.




Both Americans and Chinese have not had much sense of community in their own countries, much less a sustainable one. Cities and industry are not just considering sustainability but planning and building it. It is the urban resident, though, who will ultimately determine whether or not a community becomes sustainable. Not just by what services are nearby, but what the commute is like. To be sustainable, people need to want to live sustainably. This means caring about their community to recycle, to help each other, and to care for the community of life.


We also work with Chinese and American educators interested in nature education and exchange programs. Consult us if you want to understand the changes in Chinese education; or need help developing nature programs for your visitors from China. If you are Chinese and interested in experiencing authentic nature education in the U.S., please contact us.