Dialogue and Deliberation


Dialogue strategies are linked with community engagement strategies, focusing on bringing people together to discuss a particular issue, and/or to build relationships. Many groups describe these strategies as methods for practicing democracy and for raising the voices of marginalized groups, and/or of multiple perspectives in a community. Some dialogue processes are designed explicitly as a first step towards action and change; some are not. Most share goals of increasing the number of perspectives that are brought to bear on a community issue. Structured dialogue processes can build important relationships among people who did not previously know, trust or empathize with each other, and thus, increase one's competence and confidence in interacting with people of different races and ethnicities. They can also help people explore an issue from multiple perspectives, as a starting point for planning strategies or motivating actions.

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