When we meet with another, we potentially come to a place in which together we can create something new. It may be an idea, or a friendship or collaboration, or to begin something.
In their most vibrant form, these spaces are learning conversations in which each adds to the other; one is not seeking to bring the other to where they are, but together they are seeking to reach somewhere new.
We know we grow the most when we move from the familiar to the unfamiliar.
Sherry Turkle has reminded me of Martin Buber’s concept of “I and thou,” the ‘profound meeting of human minds and hearts.’*
First we learn to open our minds, then open our hearts and finally our wills, I and thou conversations make new realities possible.
(*From Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together.)