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, please contact Ashley DiBlasi, Certification Manager (
) in the IIMC Education Department prior to the event.
All Athenian Dialogue programs must be pre-approved by IIMC in order to be recognized by IIMC.
The Athenian Leadership Policy gives detailed instructions for hosting a Dialogue.
I Want to Attend an Approved Dialogue - Where Do I Go?
Check out the Upcoming Athenian Dialogue Page
for all the upcoming IIMC approved Dialogues.
Where Can I Find Information On Athenian Dialogue Facilitators?
IIMC has a list of currently approved Athenian Dialogue Facilitators.
All Dialogue Facilitators must be approved by IIMC in order for the Dialogue to be recognized by IIMC.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator you can find more information on the requirements and process here.
What Books Do We Use?
There is an extensive list of IIMC Approved Dialogue Books
to choose from.
If you'd like to utilize a book that is not on the list, please contact Ashley DiBlasi (
) to begin the process.
Dialogues have been approved by IIMC for 3 CMC Education Points or 3 MMC Advanced Education Points (with completion of the required learning assessment within 30 days of the session). Please refer to the Athenian Leadership Society Policy
for Dialogue Guidelines.
What is An Athenian Leadership Society Fellow and How Do I Become One?
For more information on becoming an Athenian Leadership Society Fellow, please click here