Integrating Dialogue with Action
"How can dialogue groups be more effective at taking action in their communities?" I decided to explore this important question for my Master?s thesis for the School for International Training. I interviewed leaders of dialogue programs, examined materials in the related fields of conflict resolution, community building, and social change, and conducted an in-depth study of existing dialogue materials and resources. I found there to be nine strategies that are useful in organizing dialogues which have a greater capacity for inciting community change. Recognizing that a formal thesis is not a web-friendly document, I condensed and sectionalized my thesis so it can be used readily by practitioners in the dialogue field. My October 2000 thesis has become the Integrating Talk With Action section.
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