1. Characteristics of CommunityDialogues on Race
|What do we mean by dialogue?
A dialogue is a forum that draws participants from as many parts of the community as possible to exchange information face-to-face, share personal stories and experiences, honestly express perspectives, clarify viewpoints, and develop solutions to community concerns.
Unlike debate, dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding (see Appendix A, "The Difference Between Debate and Dialogue"). Dialogue invites discovery It develops common values and allows participants to express their own interests. It expects that participants will grow in understanding and may decide to act together with common goals. In dialogue, participants can question and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, people are learning to work together to improve race relations.
What makes for successful interracialdialogue?
The nature of the dialogue process can motivate people to work towards change (see Appendix A, "Examples of Race Reconciliation from Across the Nation"). Effective dialogues do the following:
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Characteristics of Community Dialogues
Starting Steps for a Dialogue
Conducting an Effective Community Dialogue on Race
The Role of the Dialogue Leader
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