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or the need to be “right” are left behind and this allows for a more liberating dialogic
practice built on discovery and meeting people where they are and moving forward
together. Listening is therefore not a passive act but one that enables us to create a space
for dialogue rather than debate. It is also in this listening mode that we can make “space
for multiple local realities” (Hosking, 2008, p. 683). As Hosking reveals, “In general terms
polyphony may be constructed in nonhierarchical ways that recognize and support
difference and that construct power to rather than what I earlier called “power over”
(Hosking, 2008, p. 683). Listening is a critical way of engaging dialogue that gives power
to multiple voices and inherently entertains the idea of a multiplicity of realities and
responses.
Positive Dialogic Engagement Jumpstarts Creativity and Collaboration
Whether you are a media freelancer or in another profession, you meet clients through
everyday interactions and conversational exchanges. Media freelancers need positive
dialogic engagement (Anderson & Gehart, 2007; McNamee, 2005) for not only securing the
work but also for having conversations with clients that invite them to share their stories
while imagining a better future together rather than getting trapped in a negative dialogic
spin cycle. This often requires offering an appreciative focus (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2005)
a dialogic practice that examines what is working in a situation rather than engaging in a
“deficit discourse which focuses on what isn’t working and “bleeds life from the
organization” (Gergen, 1994). These nuanced conversations provide a framework for
effective team building (Gergen, Schrader & Gergen, 2009, Gergen, 2009) and invite in new
ideas and innovation required for the new entrepreneurial economy (Barrett, 1998, 2012;
Csikszentmihalyi, 1996). Our interdependent world requires collaboration, invention, and
improvisation if we intend to co-create sustainable communities and foster global
connectivity. The confluence of social construction, collaboration, improvisation, and
dialogic practices as it relates to the lives of media freelancers is further examined in the
Methodology chapter and throughout the dissertation.
Reality is a Choice of Ever-Changing Channels and Inherently Collaborative
The second part of the statement previously introduced in “Viewing Life Through a Social
Constructionist Lens” is very powerful “that we create the world in which we most want
to live and work” (http://www.taosinstitute.net/theoretical-background). So reality is not a
set place but a choice of where we want to focus our energy? A social constructionist
framework acknowledges that the world shapes us and we in turn create the reality we live
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