Language - Appreciating its Subtle Yet Profound Power

lan-guage |laNGgwij| noun: The system of communication used by a community to negotiate shared meaning and build group coherence and understanding around behaviors, ideas, and actions. As a culture shaper, language helps us to direct attention and action. However, the words and structures that make up language not only convey an explicit surface meaning but also impart a set of deeper associations and connections that implicitly shape thought and influence behavior. This is the hidden power of language: its ability to subtly convey messages that shape our thinking, sense of self, and group affinity.

Taken from Ron Ritchhart's Creating Cultures of Thinking, pg. 61.


VIH strives to create a community with a

Language of thinking

Language of identity

Language of initiative

Language of mindfulness

Language of feedback

Language of listening