Dialogue Curator

The Dialogue Curator is identified and appointed by the Dialogue Convenor. The Curator is responsible for preparing, planning, and moderating a Local Dialogue, as well as ensuring the Dialogue contributes to informing the White Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

The Dialogue Curator has:

  • a good understanding of the dialogue topic;
  • an appreciation of hunger, nutrition, and health in the United States;
  • Local Dialogues method;
  • familiarity with at least some of the stakeholder groups who will participate.

Experience and expertise in:

  • engaging multiple stakeholders with different perspectives;
  • encouraging exploration of complex challenges using systems thinking;
  • establishing convergence and recognizing irreconcilable differences;
  • weaving co-owned outcomes in an inclusive and open way.

Principal tasks include:

  • preparing for the Dialogue event with the Convenor;
  • presiding over and moderating the event (welcoming participants, introducing high-level guests and explaining the focus and expected outcome of the Dialogue);
  • summarizing the outcomes from different Discussions Groups;
  • assisting the Convenor to complete the Official Dialogue Feedback form;
  • encouraging continued exchanges among the participants.

How do you become a Dialogue Curator?

Curators are invited to take on the role by a Convenor.

What to do if you have been invited to be a Curator

Familiarize yourself with the relevant sections of the Reference Manual and the training videos.

Remain in close contact with the Convenor to provide them with support and to prepare for the event.

A recommended rule for open discussion

When a certain level of anonymity can be promised, people speaking are more likely to be open and honest with what is said. This is important for the richness of the discussion and the value of the Dialogue. Therefore, information disclosed during a Dialogue event may be reported by those present, but the source of that information many not be explicitly or implicitly identified.

This rule is sometimes referred to as the “Chatham House Rule”.

The Convenor decides if this rule is in place at their Dialogue event and it should be communicated on the day to all Participants by the Curator.