see BLOG: UNESCO-DESD Media-Delegates Dialogues, Bonn, April 2009

YL at Magic Round Table (2) Dialogue @ UNESCO's DESD World Conference 2009 in Bonn, GermanySource: www.youtube.com(part 2 of 2) RULES OF THE GAME --- This INFORMAL 2 minute video gives a quick introduction to Magic Round Table Dialogue rules. This is showing how people share "their speaking time" with the participants from whom they would like to hear about their contributions, ideas, work... ...

As for the roundtable, I enjoyed it very much. I appreciated how we were able to bring together multiple people who did not know each other in a setting that really promoted listening. I learned about the ideological commitments participants had, as well as of many specific examples of how they have acted on those commitments. I was, in sum, impressed with how much we shared and learned in a relatively short period of time, and I did feel like I heard from everyone. Thank you again for your enthusiasm! Jennifer

Thank you for bringing me close to our US and Japanese friends during the round-table-sessions! I find the basic idea of interest!
(In my family we now and then introduce a wooden saltbox that the speaker holds in his/her hand, and you can then ask for it or give it to an other person when you have finished - this is not the same as giving time/minutes to others, but it prevents too much of interruptions.)
I am glad that I met new friends, and I will surely test this technique with some of our friends at home! Hans

Doing magic round-tables for 15+ years I feel the challenge to bring delegates and media together in such extremely short time-frames, without the chance to introduce the idea and rules beforehand, in sometimes only 20 or 30 minutes was an extraordinary one, given that such a group of high level and verbally expert participants are used to manage their time and know their tips and tricks to gain and hold attention. The contributions were extraordinarily deep and interactive, an example of extraordinary dialogues as needed in our times. Heiner

With ten years of Magic Round Table experiences, now and again, I have found these exceptionally inspiring! Not only did the participants have exciting backgrounds but they were exceptionally able to flow with one another, listen with high attention and make interesting contributions. To switch between attentive listening to high level expertise, different topics and fields, matters of personal and institutional, cultural and worldview dimension, as well as singing, laughter, fun and joy. While learning the rules, adapting, yes, even playfully breaking them in a way that alleviated and nurtured the dialogue. With experience of less communicative MRT sessions with high level experts and politicians of all sorts, I believe this is a remarkable indication of the inherent quality people thinking across disciplines and cultures in the field of transformational learning for sustainability education innovation. Active movers and changers with small Footprints and large Handprints! Eric