ILA Listening Times, August, 2022
1. Our ILA International Day of Listening will be happening on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. This year’s theme is “Listening to Heal”. Everyone is encouraged to plan their own event for the day and to get involved in exploring the power of Listening in times of divisiveness. For more information contact Sheila Bentley or Margarete Imhof and visit https://listen.org/IDL
2. Would you like to train as an International Listening Association (ILA) Listening Circle Facilitator? In the ILA we are committed to Advancing Listening Practice, Training & Research Worldwide. A Listening Circle is a tool that encourages all voices to be heard and supports empathy, wellbeing and productivity. We are continuing to train International Listening Association (ILA) members as Listening Circle Facilitators who will then commit 3-6 months part-time to co-facilitating Listening Circles for our ILA membership. ILA Listening Circle Trainings are once a month via zoom on August 25; September 29; October 27; November 16 and December 14 at 15:00-16:30 Central European Time, 8am US CT, 9am US East Coast, 19:30 India time. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Colin Smith to find out more.
3. If there is one thing we could all be doing to make the world a better place, it would be to become better listeners. ILA member Kay Lindahl has been interviewed on this podcast:
Looking for the light in each other: A Conversation with Listening Expert, Kay Lindahl. - Difficult Conversations, with Kern Beare and her work is further described here: Daily Meditation: The Gift of Deep Listening
4. ILA member, Colin Smith has been asked to contribute a chapter to this new book Humanity@Work by Mac Bogert and friends https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Humanity-Work-Mac-Bogert-Friends/dp/B09WHG5HSV
5. SAVE THE DATE: We are happy to be planning our hybrid 44th Annual ILA convention in Mainz, Germany, July 26-29, 2022. More information about how to sign up is coming soon. Everyone is welcome to get involved. We see this as an opportunity to build connections together and have fun practicing listening! Our theme, developed with our Diversity and Inclusion Team, is Discovering the Impact of Listening to Every Voice. We are planning monthly team meetings for ILA members starting September 7. You can register for these below. The goal will be for you to get to know your peers and start discovering how you would like to take part in the planning process. There are two time slots. Choose what works best for you: A. 9am Paris/3pm Singapore register in advance for this meeting at:
B. 6pm Paris/11am Central US register in advance for this meeting at:
After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting. Before these meetings, we will be working on the program design. If you would love to be involved, please contact Raquel.firstname.lastname@example.org
6. ILA member, Oscar Trimboli, is still keen to have more interviews from ILA members on his podcast. Contact him at email@example.com
7. A warm ILA welcome to all our new members this month. A special welcome to Nicola from the UK.
8. ILA member Guy Itzchakov has published this paper with a colleague: ‘Attitudes in an interpersonal context: Psychological safety as a route to attitude change’ indicating how Listening can contribute to psychological safety: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.932413/full
9. One of the key benefits for ILA members is free online access to the International Journal of Listening (IJL) where we can see the latest Listening research being carried out internationally. All regular members have online free access to the IJL on the ILA website under the Members Only tab. Alternatively, ILA members can pay for a print version. These are bound into a composite version for the year which is usually shipped annually in October. If you want this option click on this link IJL Print Copy, 2022 Volume #36 (members only) and you will be invited to register and pay for the print copy. All payments are due no later than 11am (US Central Time) on September 15.
10. We enjoyed an excellent online session this month led by ILA members Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden discussing ‘Listening to Heal: Being Heard Helps Us Heal From Our Pain’. They gave us fascinating examples of how their organization ‘Someone To Tell It To’ offers listening to anyone who needs to be heard. They advocate for the practice of compassionate listening, and educate others about how we can be better listeners in our workplaces and communities. Look out for the next ILA online session - a great opportunity to get to know other ILA members.