• There is a fascinating emerging body of knowledge in the field of adult development.
  • Notably, the insights around cognitive development are not fully accessible yet.
  • How would our world look if we applied these evolving insights to the fields of businesses, education, politics etc?
  • CAD, the Center of Applied of Dialectics, opens up a platform for practitioners in the field of adult development, integrating research into their practice, exchanging findings and thereby nourishing each other, empowering others to do likewise.


Upcoming Salons - The next dates: 

  • June 3rd, 7PM CET, Michael Basseches: Possible New Directions for Research on Dialectical Thinking as a Psychological Phenomenon: The Importance of Longitudinal Research Complementing Applied Research
    Michael Basseches, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
    Proposed discussion for Salon of the Center for Applied Dialectics, June 3, 2024 
    The intended focus of this discussion is a proposal for longitudinal research on the great variety of individual pathways toward the proposed organization of post-formal dialectical thinking (Basseches, 1984) with emphasis on the obstacles and opportunities encountered along those pathways and how development can be facilitated and supported. In 1973, Klaus Riegel offered a vision of future study that included such research in his Human Development paper: “Dialectic Operations: The Final Period in Cognitive Development”. Now, more than 50 years later, based on the work presented in The Routledge International Handbook of Dialectical Thinking (In press), such research is feasible and extremely important.
    The presenter will also review the neo-Piagetian aspects of his work since the 1970’s which distinguishes it from other approaches presented in the Handbook. These include 1) the focus on thinking which both preserves the usefulness of formal analyses, and transcends such analyses by recognizing the boundary conditions within which formal analyses are useful and studying the relationship between those boundary conditions and phenomena that lie beyond them; and 2) the idea that psychological development is tied to discovery of epistemic limitations of less complex forms of thinking, which in some way is demonstrated in applied research and action research on the value of application of dialectical thinking training in a wide variety of practical contexts. 
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  • The next date: Wed July 3rd 7pm CET (speaker to be determined)
  • 9th Oct 7pm CET: Otto Laske with Ursula Clidiere Topic: (re-) launching the English original and Japanese translation of “Measuring Hidden Dimensions: The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults” (2005; 2024)
    In this session, we give an overview of the main topics and benefits of learning about people’s ‘social-emotional’, in distinction from their ‘cognitive’, development, emphasizing that these two kinds of development go absolutely hand in hand. We demonstrate the IDM ‘case study method’ developed by Otto Laske, used for deeply internalizing social-emotional interviewing for the sake of schooling one’s “social-emotional listening” and hypothesis formulation in all subdisciplines of the human services field.To exemplify the benefits of social-emotional interviewing, Otto Laske will model a short social-emotional interview. `We will answer questions and point to available offerings to learn the IDM case study method. 

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