What Is An Athenian Dialogue?
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Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual
knowledge recall and application process familiar to all municipal
clerks in training seminars. They are unique because they explore
leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in
a book that all participants have read.
Dialogues are conversations in which clerks share their experience and
understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance
of those ideas to their public leadership role.
The premise of the Athenian Dialogue Society is the idea that clerks are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. Leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using language of meaning, feeling, and power. Participants devote a full day (6 hours) to a Dialogue and come away intellectually enriched by this communication experience.
Clerk leadership is more transformational in nature. That is to say, the contribution of clerks to municipal leadership changes the perception of colleagues and citizens about the role and purpose of government.
How Do I Host An Athenian Dialogue?
If you are interested in hosting an Athenian Dialogue at your State/ Provincial/ National or Region meeting, or even at your local Institute, make sure you let the Education Department at IIMC know prior to the event. The Athenian Leadership Policy
gives detailed instructions
on what is required.
Where Can I Locate Approved Dialogues?
Once approved, IIMC posts approved Dialogues and any available registration information here
Where Can I Find Information On Athenian Dialogue Facilitators?
IIMC has a list of currently approved Athenian Dialogue Facilitators.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator you can find that information in the Athenian Leadership Policy
What Books Do We Use?
There is an extensive approved book list for Athenian Dialogues
that has already been read and reviewed by IIMC. If you'd like to utilize a book that is not on the list, please complete this form
Dialogues have been approved by IIMC for two CMC Education Points or two MMC Advanced Education Points (with completion of assessment form). Please refer to the Athenian Leadership Society Policy
for Dialogue Guidelines.
How Do I Become An Athenian Leadership Society Fellow?
The first step is to become a member of the Athenian Leadership Society.
The second step is to complete 10 Dialogues.
The last step is to complete the Application for Fellowship in the Athenian Leadership Society. and send it to IIMC along with copies of the certificates of completion. IIMC will then review the application and notify the you if as to whether you have been approved as a Fellow. If the application is approved, your name is listed on our Fellows page and you will be sent a certificate of completion and an Athenian pin.