At a time where oversimplifying and hostile messages dominate our public discourse and polarize our societies, a Culture of Dialogue is urgently needed. Dialogue has the power to go far beyond a discussion or debate and can be defined as discussing areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them. Yet, dialogue is an art and does not happen by itself.
The dialogues that we encourage are conversations in which participants grow deeper mutual understanding, which in turn can support safe spaces in which shared trust and collaborative actions become reality.
Dialogue is distinct from debate; in fact, participants in dialogue often explicitly agree to set aside persuasion and debate so that they can focus on mutual understanding.
Constructive dialogues provide us with concrete and practical opportunities to: move beyond isolation, develop social skills, and build trust across divisions that are the base of joined efforts for coexistence, justice and social change.
Dialogue has the power to go far beyond a discussion or debate and can be defined as discussing areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.