The purpose of these guidelines is to create conditions for you to realise what The Keynes Centre Book Club promises – ‘Towards a Well-Constructed Mind’ as the basis for ‘Transforming How You Think’.
1. A key element of our approach is Dialogue with the other in order to explore together how we think and examine diverse viewpoints. Participants have the freedoms of thought and speech, which might not apply elsewhere, in this Dialogue to support the open sharing of views for all our benefits.
The first Guideline, therefore, should be considered as a rule in the sense of The Chatham House Rule (in our version here), to be respected by all participants in The Keynes Centre Book Club:
Participants are free to use ideas and information discussed in sessions but not in any way that identifies the participants or any of their affiliations and organisations.
While taking notes is obviously an important aid for thinking, reflecting and remembering, it follows from this Guideline that note-taking should be confined to ideas and information only and that recordings should not be made during the sessions as these would identify speakers.
The remaining Guidelines relate to the responsibilities to yourself and your group colleagues which follow from the commitment you undertake in joining the programme.
2. It is essential that the monthly reading is undertaken so that all participants are in a position to engage in the discussions.
3. All participants should arrive on time (6pm for a 6.30 sharp start) and stay for the full session, obviously so as to be present for engaging in their own development, but also so as to be available to contribute to the development of other participants.
4. It is important to appreciate that, in joining the TKC Book Club, you are making a commitment to full attendance over the series of sessions.
This is necessary to build a ‘Learning Community’ in which mutual trust and shared understandings can develop as a basis for Dialogue and Transformative Thinking.
We cannot deliver on the promise of the TKC Book Club unless you fully participate in the programme and this includes your attending each session and undertaking the reading.
5. Only in exceptional circumstances may it be possible to accommodate a swap between reading groups for a session – if there is more than one group running concurrently. It is essential that no discussion is missed as there is a carefully designed sequence of reading and discussion for promoting and supporting development.
However, please note that such swaps must be rare to avoid disruption of your group cohesion (Very occasionally a ‘keep-up session’ may be possible.)
6. Listening is as important as speaking: all participants can contribute to Dialogue by recognizing that colleagues can be supported in making contributions through providing them with fair opportunities for engagement in the discussions.
Being a good listener is also important: please respect your colleagues by keeping all electronic devices turned off from beginning to end of each session so as to be present and attentive to your colleagues and to respect yourself by giving yourself the mental space for engaging in good conversation for your own development.
The above Guidelines underpin the sense of fairness required within your Group which promotes productive discussions for Reading for Change in each session. We all will appreciate the value of the above for creating a positive and pleasant experience.