People misuse the term “dialogue” when what they are really doing or talking about is debate, conversations, or other forms of communication. See the helpful table below from the United States Institute of Peace to help differentiate between terms. (click the link below the table to enlarge.)
Dialogue is used across the United States within organizations, cities, counties, states and around the globe to bring together individuals impacted by the topic at hand and allows them to hear each other’s perspective, directly ask questions to get more information, consider problems collectively, evaluate the options and work collaboratively to address the issues at hand.
In 2017, the League of Women Voters in Hudson and the Akron Area partnered with Essential Partners, the Sustained Dialogue Institute, and Welcoming America to prepare education, local government, and non-profit leaders across Ohio in how to facilitate dialogue to collaborative action around issues of concern to them ranging from environmental issues to how to create more welcoming communities for new immigrants and refugees. A model similar to this one is what the DEI Alliance hopes to replicate within Hudson once funds are secured. Click here for the 2021 proposal we hope to secure funds to begin in Fall/Early Winter of 2021.
Sample Dialogue Uses and Outcomes
The National Civic League presented “Bridging Divides through Community Dialogues”
All-America Conversations Toolkit
Check out the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation for more resources!
Hudson DEI Alliance
The Hudson DEI Alliance works in collaboration with our educational, business, and faith communities through a fund at the Hudson Community Foundation.