Contents / Site Map

The following is a list of the pages that make up this site:

Introduction: The Dialogue to Action Initiative

Entry Page
This is the site's beginning point. When in doubt, start here.

Main Page
This page gives more detail than the Entry Page. Info about the Dialogue to Action Initiative, this website, Sandy Heierbacher (Coordinator of the Initiative and writer of the Organizing a Dialogue and Integrating Dialogue with Action sections), and Andy Fluke (the site's designer), can be found here.

Thank you's and further info about the Corporation for National Service (for whom the Organizing a Dialogue section was originally written).

Site Map
That's this page.

This page will be constantly growing to include reports, theses, articles, and other documents of interest to dialogue organizers, facilitators, and researchers.

Section One: Organizing a Dialogue

The information provided in the Organizing a Dialogue section can help you organize an effective dialogue. (I urge you to also examine the Integrating Dialogue With Action section before proceeding. Your participants will want to take action based on what they experience during their dialogues, and this info will help.)

Ten Reasons to Dialogue
Don't underrate the dialogue process...here are 10 of the powerful, positive effects that dialogue can have on your program.

What is Dialogue?
Dialogue is much more than just talk. Learn about who uses dialogue and why, and what makes dialogue so effective.

Dialogue Details
What Does a Typical Dialogue Look Like? Find out about the characteristics of a well-run dialogue.

Here are honest answers to some of the most common questions people have about organizing a dialogue.

Sample Dialogue
Examine a thorough four-session sample dialogue that was designed for national service programs.

Getting Started Checklist
Not sure how to begin? Look over this checklist for concrete steps you can take in organizing a dialogue.

Help the Dialogue Movement
Find out how people in the National Service field (and others!) can assist and strengthen the dialogue movement.

Section Two: Integrating Dialogue with Action

Integrating Dialogue with Action: Your participants will want to do something based on what they experience during their dialogues. You can pave the way for them by examining this section and utilizing the 9 strategies that are outlined.

Dialogue to Action
How & why dialogue naturally leads to action.

About Action
What do we mean by action exactly? What types of action do dialogue groups tend to take?

The Problem
Dialogue leads to action&or does it?
What are the barriers that prevent dialogue groups from taking effective action?

9 Strategies
Strategies for integrating talk with action.

Conclusion and final words.

Books and articles used for this research.

Section Three: Resources and Perspectives

Dont miss the Resources and Perspectives section. A wealth of valuable links, categorized lists of books, videos, and articles, and access to professional research results is available for your perusal.

Organizations to Contact for Resources or Assistance

Links to Related Web Sites

Resources to Help You Get a Dialogue Started

Other Resources to Help You Build Dialogue-Related Skills

Books & Articles to Help You Learn More About the Dialogue Movement & Process

Videos That Stimulate Discussion and Inspire Action

Great Materials About Race and Racism in America

Books & Materials for Teachers and Trainers

Not sure where to start? Here are the Most Highly Recommended Resources from each of the above categories.

Section 4: Dialogue to Action Initiative's Community

The Dialogue to Action Initiative's Community is now online with its regularly updated collection of news and resources for the dialogue community. Every month we will post a new collection of information, with updates throughout the month to keep you informed about the ever growing dialogue community.

Section 5: The Dialogue Leaders Listserv

The Dialogue Leaders Listserv welcomes all dialogue organizers and facilitators who are interested in joining an ongoing on-line discussion (click on this link for info on subscribing). The purpose of the listserv is to provide a forum for sharing information of interest to the dialogue field (events, strategies, resources, etc) and networking with people who are doing similar work in different communities.