The Dialogues are prepared and convened so that they welcome participants and enable them to engage purposefully with open exchanges. Participants in the Dialogues are expected to listen to each other and be open to the co-existence of divergent points of view.
To foster robust discussion, Dialogues should include a wide range of stakeholders and points of view. This could mean including professionals working in direct service organizations, urban farmers, directly impacted individuals, healthcare providers, and many more. Participants can be from small, medium and large enterprises, community organizations, universities, schools, and more, and should include members of different stakeholder groups including women, youth, indigenous peoples, and immigrants.
The Dialogues are carefully curated and facilitated in order to help participants explore convergences and differences. By the end of the Dialogue period participants will have identified the practices and policies that will have the greatest impact on the achievement of the desired future vision within their community. They will also consider how it will be possible to assess progress towards this vision as well as who needs to be involved in getting there and what kinds of challenges will need to be navigated along the way.
How do you become a Dialogue participant?
Participants are invited to Dialogue events by the Convenor or, if registration is open, Convenors can be contacted directly through their Dialogue event page (visit Explore Local Dialogues).
What to do if you have been invited to be a participant
Pay close attention to the details provided by the Convenor about the Dialogue event date, time, location or connection links.
Be ready to join other Participants to:
- Listen to each other;
- Welcome diverse perspectives;
- Seek out new connections;
- Explore both synergy and divergence;
- Collaborate in order to identify promising courses of action;
- Debate potential impact of different strategies.