Accession Number : AD0625234

Title :   TOWARD AN INFORMAL AND CREATIVE CONFERENCE METHOD,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Keller,Benjamin

Report Date : DEC 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : A 'meta-socratic' method for conducting conferences suggested. The guiding principles are: (1) Do not take a position either for or against; start anywhere and be free to roam widely. Avoid all assumptions as to fact; when facts become germane, begin by asking how facts are to be established; Adopt an attitude of not being defensive. (2) Use the meta-question freely, this question stimulating a creative mental process instead of evoking an automatic predetermined answer. (3) Make an objective of facilitating the other person's communication. (4) Let the experience of the conference be an important objective. (5) Play down the urge to inform. (6) Enjoy yourself.

Descriptors :   (*SYMPOSIA, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION), SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, GROUP DYNAMICS

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE