The Art of Dialogue

What is dialogue? How is it different from debate? How does it support community development and social change work?

Here is a collection of links on this topic:

This page is devoted to principles of dialogue which are instrumental to fostering relationship and reaching understanding among the different portions of organizations. It includes a useful table which compares dialogue with debate.

Dialogue: A Proposal – this short article explores what dialogue is and isn’t, why and how to start dialogues in your own organizations

Community Dialogue Toolkit - from the Canadian Rural Partnership.  The Community Dialogue Toolkit is a “how to” guide to holding community-based dialogue sessions. It has been written for use by community leaders of all types. Anyone who can start a conversation can use this toolkit. It offers a flexible approach that can be easily adapted to your community and its objectives.

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