Dialogue is a powerful process which allows people to share their experiences and perspectives on controversial issues such as race and racism. Thousands of Americans from all walks of life have engaged in dialogue in the last few years alone. The growing dialogue movement has effected the lives of these people in many important ways. Long-term friendships have been formed, intergroup understanding has been built, many peoples understanding and acceptance of themselves has increasedI could go on and on.
But dialogue does more than improve the lives of the people who engage in it. Dialogue leads people to take action in their communities. Dialogue can beand has beenthe impetus communities need to begin solving deep-seated problems and breaking down long-standing barriers.
Organizing a Dialogue: The information provided in this section can help you organize a successful dialogue. But I urge you to take the next step. Examine the next section so you'll know what to do when your participants are ready to take 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.
Resources and Perspectives: A wealth of valuable links, categorized lists of books, videos, and articles, and access to professional research results is available for your perusal.
This website contains the results of several years of research done through, with, and for the following organizations:
The School for International Training
The Corporation for National Service
The Center for Living Democracy
The Village Foundation
I hope you find this website to be interesting and useful!
Coordinator, Dialogue to Action Initiative