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Latest ILA News & Announcements

ILA 2017 Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, USA June 7-10

We are preparing for the ILA 2017 Convention - one of the most prestigious international events for Listeners, attracting world class researchers from countries across the world. This year the convention theme is Listening for Healing. The Convention provides a friendly, supportive environment to receive feedback, share ideas and find inspiration. Book your place now!

Brexit

After the Brexit vote, Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre in London embarked on an ambitious countrywide listening project to shed some light on the subject. Conversations with shepherds, shop workers, doctors, children, pensioners, fishermen and people without work, all contributed to his new play, My Country: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/feb/27/rufus-norris-we-are-living-in-an-age-of-extreme-selfishness

Listening Before You Lead

ILA member Michael Purdy posted this article from the New York Times Valerie Smith President of  Swarthmore College on Listening Before You Lead https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/business/valerie-smith-swarthmore-college.html?ref=business&_r=1

The Age of Communal Listening is Over?

Did you see the recent ILA Facebook post from the New Statesman entitled: The Age of Communal Listening is Over? Good to see the historic contrast: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2017/02/age-podcasts-era-communal-listening-over

Flipboard Magazine


ILA member, Corine Jansen has a Flipboard magazine about listening at http://flip.it/4Qb.lf

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri

Check out this book by Danielle Ofri ‘What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear’.  Patients, anxious to convey their symptoms, feel an urgency to “make their case”. Doctors, under pressure, multitask while patients speak and may miss key elements http://danielleofri.com/books/what-patients-say-what-doctors-hear/

New Article by Corine Jansen

ILA member Corine Jansen has written an article for our Dutch readers http://corinejansen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Artikel_B2_Jansen.pdf Within the medical consultation room, listening to patients, taking them seriously, and showing empathy have proven to be of universal value. To what extent are these behaviors taught and practised in medical schools?

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Wolvin

ILA member Dr Andrew Wolvin has received the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute School of Language Studies 2016 Presentation of the Year Award for a seminar on Listening:  Implications for Foreign Language Training’. Many congratulations.

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Listening Blog by ILA Member, Corine Jansen

Check out ILA member Corine Jansen’s blog where she describes how listening to patient narratives will let the care provider restore the central role of the patient’s own story in the healing process

 http://corinejansen.com/2017/01/08/a-close-reader-illness/

Listening for Lawyers

ILA member Jennifer Romig writes a blog entitled Listen Like a Lawyer. Her recent post about the concepts of chronos and kairos timing is fascinating. https://listenlikealawyer.com/author/jennifermromig/

ILA Webinar Series

We organize an ILA webinar four times each year. Previous titles have included ‘Technology’s Connecting Power’ and ‘Listening Makes us More Human’. Each event has attracted an international audience. Watch this space for details of the next event.

Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education Award for ILA member

Congratulations to ILA member Dr. Melissa Beall, recipient of the 2016 Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education from the National Communication Association.

Listening across Lives

Check out the new listening textbook Listening across Lives with chapters by ILA members Andrew Wolvin, Laura Janusik, Margarete Imhof,  Chris Bond, Rick Bommelje and Kay Lindahl. It is co-edited by another ILA Member Molly Stoltz.

Increase Listening at Conferences

Check out this blog post Listen: Don’t just hear by International Listening Association member, Jennie Grau, who  explains how to make conferences places where listening happens. People rarely design conferences with quality listening in mind. If they do, they often mistake listening for hearing and so they focus on audio quality. Yet, the listening experiences you foster make your event memorable and enjoyable and provide lasting value to your participants.

The World Needs More Listening by Michael Z Murphy
Are  you a good listener?  What about others?  The nightly news is filled with tragedies.  It is clear the world has issues that could be better resolved through conversation which requires listening - a skill that, in spite of all the auditory 
stimulus in the world, is not practiced well enough, nor often enough.   Listening experts have found a 40% decline in empathy among college students over the past 30 years with most of the decline taking place since 2000.  Could more effective listening improve your life?  Could it improve the world? 

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