"The most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."  

Dr. Ralph G. Nichols


The International Listening Association

The International Listening Association (ILA) was formed in 1979. Since then, we have grown into an international community working in more than 22 countries. We are involved in listening in education, business, healthcare, hospitality, spirituality, music and many other fields. We promote the study of listening, exchange information, and pursue research into the ways in which listening can develop understanding in our personal, political, social and working lives. The International Listening Association serves as a dialogue space, a resource network, a news source and a worldwide community.

Upcoming International Listening Association Events


All Meet Ups are for ILA Members Only. Use the Join button below to join the ILA and take advantage of these events.

Meet Up--Let’s Meet Up about the California State University Listening to Students project.  We will find out how to bring this innovative project to our schools to learn about our students and to make our campus communities more appreciative of differences between people in interactions in the classroom and out on campus. 

Join Donna Knifong, from California State University

Friday, April 17, 2020

1:00 pm-2:00 pm (EDT/New York USA)

RSVP to receive a Zoom link ILAOnlineEvents@listen.org

If you are not yet an ILA member, you can easily join:


Join us for the 42nd Annual ILA Convention, Bloomington, Minnesota, USAMarch 16-17-18-19-20, 2021  Watch for details soon

Review new details for the ILA Exchange: ILA Online Exchange Flyer; submit an ILA Exchange proposal form

Non-members: To request details about the ILA, our events, or to be placed on our emailing list, Contact the ILA

Registration for Upcoming Events

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