Strengthening Collaboration Through Encouraging Dissent

The first time I heard that groups thrive on dissent, I didn’t like the idea. It came up in conversations with Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute, back in the mid-1990s. Tom was clear, based on his experience in activist movements and especially on a cross-country peace march, that dissent is essential for groups to function intelligently. So much so that if a group had too little dissent, he advocated for actively cultivating it to keep the group fresh and creative.

Tags: collaboration, conflicts, convergent-facilitation, creativity, dissent, groupthink, nonviolent-communication, and outliers

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Creator(s): Miki Kashtan (

Publication Date: 2016, Mar 18th

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