In many indigenous traditions there is a process of coming to a group decision or understanding that is known as a talking circle. Each person is welcome to speak freely and as passionately as he or she wishes, without interruption, but is also expected to treat all other speakers with respect even when he or she disagrees with them, and to acknowledge and build on previous speakers' ideas, so that there is an increasingly rich accumulation of thought and a building of consensus. Help us to find common ground upon which to stand together and move forward in a more co-operative spirit.
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