Guro Hansen Helskog (Norway)

07/03/2020

Guro Hansen Helskog (Norway) - Associate professor, University of South-Eastern Norway, the main author of Dialogos, an approach to the practice of philosophy in education published as a series of six books in 2006-2009, project leader and author of Fortsatt Foreldre (Perpetually Parents), a psycho educative program developed as part of her work at Modum Bad Psychiatric Hospital. The program involves philosophical practice elements, and is now offered at all 60 family offices in Norway through the Norwegian Directorate for Children-, Youth- and Family Affairs.

What is the Dialogos approach? (Workshop) 

Presentation Language: English

The Dialogos approach to philosophizing towards wisdom was initially developed by Guro Hansen Helskog as a way of facilitating Bildungoriented pedagogy from the mid-1990`s on. Joint investigation of phenomena implied in the Art of living well is at the core of the Dialogos approach, and during a Dialogos workshop we work on philosophical ideas and concepts from logical, emotional, experiential, existential and spiritual starting points and perspectives. Socratic dialogues, guided imageries, pro-con argumentation, philosophical walks, mind-body exercises as well as text- and emotion based dialogues are among the exercises included. It is a form of pedagogical philosophical practice aimed at nurturing our inner lives and relationships by searching wisdom together from different angles. What might be the long term fruits of philosophizing the Dialogos Way? A holistic Dialogos process not only promotes self-knowledge, flexibility of mind, inner peace and understanding of our relations to others and to the world. It also creates flexible relationships and deep connection between people, thus bridging world divides. This is especially important in culturally and religiously diverse contexts where misunderstandings and conflict can arise simply due to differences for instance in habits, values or beliefs. It is also of importance to those of us who live with or work with others, whether children, youth or adults, and whether in families, communities, in education and in organizations. That means: Everybody. Dialogos as free space A Dialogos workshop is thus a school in the classical sense of the word: It is a free space where people can contemplate and reflect together with others upon questions of importance to them, personally as well as professionally. Through philosophizing the Dialogos way, eyes might open. Consciousness might expand. Our being might flourish. In the long run our lives might even become increasingly meaningful, and thus better.