Dialogue Tools for Addressing Community Conflict & Transforming Relationships
Michaela Grenier, Sustained Dialogue Institute
Overview: Dialogue is a method for creating new understanding within groups and communities in ways that empower communities to collaboratively develop solutions to challenges facing them. This three-hour session will focus on introducing and applying the Sustained Dialogue Institute's concept of relationship and five stage dialogue to action process, both of which developed out of former Assistant Secretary of State Harold Saunders’ work in international peace negotiations. During the session participants will have opportunities to learn about the Sustained Dialogue model, to practice applying it to a conflict on their campus or in their community, and to explore processes leading to dehumanization within conflicts. Participants will leave with new tools and potential action steps for addressing conflicts in their community.