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Over the more than three decades that Maxwell Jones and Dennie Briggs knew one another and worked on many projects together, they held numerous discussions. In the early days, these discussions largely centered around group meetings: analyzing their content and dynamics and exchanging observations. And examining their own efforts to assist in the group process. They were, from the beginning, also attempts to arrive at a constantly changing mutual frame of reference with allowances for their individual differences. After they were both no longer directly involved in projects, and had time for reflection, the nature of their conversations changed. There was movement: they took the shape of dialogue where thoughts were changed through incorporation of each others’ views. As physicist David Bohm, has said, “It may turn out that the opinions are not really very important—they are all assumptions. And if we can see them all, we may then move more creatively in a different direction.”

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Prospects

Dennie Briggs:

"a long career as a teacher at the school and university level and with disturbed and delinquent youth. He is a consultant in youth development, criminal justice, and substance abuse as well as being a freelance writer. Author of Fermer les prisons (Paris, Seuil, 1977); co-author of Dealing with deviants (London, Hogarth, 1972); co-editor of An open life: Michael Toms in conversation with Joseph Campbell (New York, Harper and Row, 1990)."

[from Prospects 25:3 (September 1995), p 373]