The International Day of Listening (IDL) September 20, 2018
The International Day of Listening serves to bring people together through experiences that will help them:
- Become more aware of the importance of listening
- Listen to each other better
- Gain awareness on their listening behaviors
This will happen through conversations one topic at a time, with guides, how-to’s, explanations, and tips on setting up and conduct a listening event and respectful conversations. This year we will extend the conversation to the whole world. How do we do that?
We are setting up a Giant Listening Café all over the world!
How can you participate?
Make a difference! Do something to promote better listening and help us become better humans by participating in the International Day of Listening. Let’s aim for over 100,000 participants. (The population now is over 7.4 billion, but let’s get started!)
Get the word out through your email contacts and social media sites, and pass the website and any appropriate information on to the schools in your area, to local government, local businesses, organizations, churches, etc…
In any case, like us, follow us, make comments, share and subscribe. See also How can you help?
1. Participate as an individual
- Contribute to one of the many tasks needed to accomplish an impactful IDL.
- On the IDL, do a personal activity to enhance your listening awareness such as one suggested under Personal Activities
- Participate to an event. Have a look at IDL 2018 Events or just ask us to know if there’s one near you.
2. Host an event
Invite your family, friends, and/or colleagues to participate. An event can be anything from a conversation between two people to an event to get disagreeing groups together to solve a problem. We suggest you use the Listening Café format. But there are many other possible formats. You will find some “model” events on the website to give you some ideas and templates and guidelines for planning and carrying out an event under Guides & Templates, or Activities
Be creative! Invent original events, design your own event, use unusual locations and venues, go to places where people don’t always have the facilities to communicate easily. If you don’t feel ready to tackle “disagreement” have a friendly conversation to build a better relationship or a learning experience involving listening and apply the Ten Listening Tips to become a more effective listener.
In any case contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you’ve planned your event:
- Share your plans on our pages and social media sites.
- Facebook: internationaldayoflistening / dayoflistening
- LinkedIn: International Day of Listening
- Twitter: @DayofListening
- Share your plans on your websites, blogs, and Social Media sites too. Use @DayofListening and #dayoflistening
During the event,
document your event as much as you can, take pictures and videos, make drawings, use chat, write down or record your impressions, joys, difficulties… all this while keeping the flow of the conversation and respecting good listener behaviors. Let us know where you posted it.
After the event,
share your experience, share on our Social Media sites too and compare with others in the world.
The theme for this year is: “Listen—even when you disagree”
Disagree or disagreement don’t have the same meaning for every one of us. Especially if English is not our primary language.
Some say that disagreement can lead to conflict, some say it’s the opposite, some say that conflicts and arguments are healthy, or that conflicts are useless and to be avoided and so on…
Let’s have a little game together!
Would you help us sort through all these words from the slightest impact to the greatest impact they can have on a person, a country or the world? These words translated in other languages don’t have the same meaning or same impact. But let’s start by taking care of them in English.
This would be a tremendous contribution to the preparation of the International Day of Listening. Thank you in advance!
altercation, argument, blowup, clash, conflict, contention, contradiction, contrast, contretemps, controversy, deviation, difference~of~viewpoints, difference, disagreement, discord, discordance, discrepancy, disharmony, disparity, disputation, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissimilarity, dissonance, divergence, division, falling-out, incompatibility, issue, nonconformity, odds, otherness, quarrel, row, set-to, spat, squabble, strife, tiff, variance, variation, war of words, wrangle, differing~opinions
Think what the outcome could be if we successfully solve problems
and repair relationships all over the world!