(2) Together we know more.

As mentioned in the last post, dialogue is a conversation across difference, and it’s usually through dialogue that the greatest learning takes place. Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you they believe that human knowledge and understanding is cumulative. A room of ten strangers will generally know ten times more than one individual sitting in the room alone.

But how many of us truly communicate and behave in accordance with this belief?

We walk into classrooms, meetings, and - yes – into reflection thinking, “What can I teach?” “What can I tell?” “What can I contribute?” How often is our conscious, or even subconscious, mind asking, “What can I learn?”

Alternative breaks are transformative in many ways, but none quite as powerful as shaking our understanding of when, where, and how we’re able to learn from others. Through Reflection, students are able to engage in true dialogue, where the most powerful and collective “aha” moments take place.