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3rd European Salon – Dialogue and Leadership - Action Learning for Emerging Communities


3rd European Salon – Dialogue and Leadership - Action Learning for Emerging Communities

Join the European Salon online to explore »Dialogue and Leadership - Action Learning for Emerging Communities«

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Welcome to the European Salon online!

Hello to all of you!

The European Salon is continuing to evolve. We are going to host our 3rd meeting in Eggensbach, near Nürnberg at January 12 -15, 2012.




With the title:

»Dialogue and Leadership - Action Learning for Emerging Communities«

In the midst of our rapidly changing and challenging environments, our awareness of a complex and interdependent world is growing. Communities themselves are evolving: We are entering a new phase of community with rules, roles and opportunities for individuals and groups never seen before. How are we shaping the communities we live in and how are they shaping us?

How can we best engage body, mind, soul and spirit to take wise decisions in the face of uncertainty on individual and collective levels? How can we build on the experience and good practice that is taking place already in businesses and societies around the globe? What might be our local contribution in shaping our world in a way to be a great place to live for all and for future generations to come?

We invite you: Members and leaders of economical, political, cultural and spiritual communities who are willing to share their experiences, inspire each other and explore together how best to engage Action Learning for Emerging Communities!

Your active participation is key – your questions, your wisdom, your perspectives! We provide an opportunity for slowing down to speed up – through mindful action inquiry, deep listening to (y)our questions and stories, experiential learning, dialogue and ... celebration.

Our Intention
The overarching intent of the European Salon that we had crafted two years ago for the first Salon in Reichenau an der Rax in Austria remains unchanged:

»To host a sustainable gathering space in Europe for dialogue practitioners with diverse professional backgrounds

using different modes of knowing for an in-depth exploration

of the kind of communities we need to build in order to face today’s global urgent challenges

and the roles of dialogue and leadership in inspiring, coordinating and effecting individual and collective action«

We continue our inquiry! This group is the online gathering space for those who are interested in the topics of the European Salon. Your contribution is welcome!




Have a look at last year's European Salon documentation (6 MB):

And this is the 2009 European Salon documenation (4 MB):


Ulrich, Dresden (Germany), September 2, 2010


Documentation :: European Salon 2010

Started by Benjamin Aaron Degenhart. Last reply by Ilona Christl Dec 22, 2010. 1 Reply

Parts of the 2nd European Salon Story

Started by Hanno Langfelder. Last reply by Ilona Christl Oct 29, 2010. 16 Replies

Setting the stage for the 2nd European Salon 2010

Started by Ulrich Soeder. Last reply by Tarit Kumar Datta Gupta Oct 7, 2010. 26 Replies

Introductions to the European Salon

Started by Ulrich Soeder. Last reply by Ulrich Soeder Dec 8, 2009. 11 Replies

European Salon – Synthetron Reflection

Started by Ulrich Soeder Dec 8, 2009. 0 Replies

The European Salon – LIVE

Started by Ulrich Soeder. Last reply by Ulrich Soeder Dec 8, 2009. 30 Replies

Echoes from Reichenau

Started by Ilona Christl Oct 25, 2009. 0 Replies

Listening in at a distance

Started by Tom Hurley. Last reply by Amy Lenzo Oct 16, 2009. 8 Replies

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Comment by Hanno Langfelder on September 18, 2011 at 8:14am

Thank you, Juanita! Wonderful to know that you will be with us in mind and spirit! We will share our experience!


Cheers! Hanno

Comment by juanita brown on September 18, 2011 at 8:10am

Hi everyone,

This sounds like such a wonderful and important exploration!  I'm sad not to be with you, but want you to know that we're also exploring similar questions here in the U.S. so it will be great to receive the notes and other information from this session.


I send my very best wishes for a wonderful gathering!


Comment by Viktor on September 24, 2010 at 11:33am
Good evening from Amsterdam.

In preparation to the conference, I would like to recommend a leadership conference happening right now in USA.
You can follow them on twitter
Comment by Ulrich Soeder on September 23, 2010 at 11:27am
Dear Tarit,

I just had a quick look at your blog – and well, a quick look is not enough to understand what fusion means in terms of organisational development ...

I have started a new conversation, beginning with the documentation of last years Salon (see the section conversations in this group).

If you would like to share your input on the following question:

What are the questions that really matter to you, in the context of Dialogue and Leadership for a New Face of Community,

I am sure we are going to welcome your perspective and will provide feedback on what will emerge during the Salon ... Last year we have hosted an online café during the Salon to include people who weren't able to join the meeting in person.

Thanks for contributing your perspective!

Comment by Ulrich Soeder on September 23, 2010 at 10:04am
Welcome Tarit,
it has been quiet for a longer while in this group now. But as the 2nd European Salon will take place in October, we expect a renewal of this conversation.
Best regards, Ulrich
Comment by Rudolf Giesselmann on September 3, 2010 at 12:58pm
The 2nd European Salon can become a piece of art - a 'social sculpture' - hosts will become participants and participants will off and on move into the role of hosts. There will be a market place for ideas, experimental learning, exploring different fields the respective hosts will open for the respective others and vice versa. Bringing parts of 'Ready-Made' and 'not ready made' knowledge from experienced people together the 'social sculpture' (the discourse, the connection, the community …) can develop.

My neighbor Allen is a computer scientist. I've started to explain the 2nd European Salon to him with about these words and I showed the invitation to the salon to him. His answer: I think there will very nice and interesting people at the Salon but is this about anything and everything? Yes, I said, very nice and interesting people, I'm sure. And NOT about anything and everything I'm sure too.

Then I tried to keep the Salon more simple and comprehensible: It's about the creative and connecting force between people. In this way it is about methods. And it is about identifying important questions for the actual and future development of society, environment and politics where we all are responsible for. This is where content meets methods.

He frowned.

So I gave it another try: There will be a meeting of 20 professionals in the field of big group facilitation. All users and developers of the open source method called World Café and related methods. What maybe is a Google Summer Camp for developers of free software the 2nd European Salon will be for developers of these methods. With an important variation: Besides working at some methods as a product at the same time explicitly they work at themselves and at the connection between themselves as hosts (or leaders) of dialogue processes in communities dealing with important issues and questions about society, environment and politics. There is a deep motivation, to initiate and support dialogue to make the world a better place. And this very first is not a technical question it is a question of possibilities and conditions of deep and honest understanding.

Did someone understand?

All the best

Rudolf Giesselmann
Comment by Ulrich Soeder on August 26, 2010 at 2:49am
Hello all,

my last comment here is from December last year ... and I announced the Reichenau documentation at that time.

For many reasons this was kind of a longer process. But the documentation is finished and you can download it when you access the new conversation I have just added (Setting the stage for the 2nd European Salon).

I invite you to take this documentation as a starting point for a new phase of inquiry about »dialogue and leadership for a new face of community«.

Let us see what we are going to let emerge in the second round of inquiry!

Greetings from Dresden in Germany,

Comment by Roberta Faulhaber on April 30, 2010 at 11:58am
This sounds like an interesting group, especially since in some ways I feel dialogue and leadership are antithetical...!
Comment by Ursula Hillbrand on March 23, 2010 at 5:53pm
I am really positively surprised to see these bubbling activities in Austria. I left Vienna 16 years ago...nothing like that there then. Keep it going!
Warm regards,
Comment by juanita brown on February 10, 2010 at 8:24am
Hi Ilona,

So happy to see your invitation to the Salon participants and others to continue the conversation. I had a lovely phone visit with Michael Jones who has been so happy to get to know you as well.

I send you my fond regards and best wishes,

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