Words into action

14 April 2008 8 By Viv McWaters

I’ve been pondering this question for a while and would like your thoughts. Here’s some scenarios:

#1: There’s a lot of commentry around regarding the forthcoming 2020 Summit and how the ideas will translate into action

#2: Comment heard on the radio: ‘It’s all very well to talk, but what are we going to do about it?’

#3: Recent workshop designed to provide information and dialogue – frustration that no specific follow-up actions emerged.

My question is:What is the value of talk?My thoughts are that there isn’t enough talk. Talk and conversation and discussion and dialogue simply to explore and wander through ideas, taste them, throw them around, spark new ideas, keep the synapses active, and inspire. The need to come up with actions, next steps etc seems to devalue talk – that talking isn’t inherently valuable, but a means to an end.

And I guess inherent in this is responsibility. Actions etc tend to default to what ‘someone else needs to do about it’. Isn’t it enough to have an interesting conversation that translates into new personal knowledge, maybe understanding, that may, or may not, translate intoย action. After all, we are who we are because of all the influences built up over our lives. Isn’t personal responsibility enough?