To continue, here are more points on Hosting A Dialogue.
Recording Your Dialogue
Designate a person from the Dialogue Team to take notes and summarize important points. The transcript doesn’t have to be a word-by-word or verbatim. However, it should get the gist of the whole idea and the opinions of the participants. Don’t forget to include areas wherein if they disagree in unison. Make sure to get quotes and stories from them too.
Conducting The Dialogue
Greet participants. Welcome your participants to build rapport and be polite, as well. It will get them to ease up and be more open in speaking.
Introduction. Don’t forget to introduce yourself if you’re the facilitator so that they’ll know who you are and what you will do then thank the guests afterward for attending. Tell them what the dialogue is about and its importance too. If it’s a small group dialogue, you may ask them for their names.
Initiate the dialogue. There are primary questions with sub-questions that can help get the conversation going in a dialogue. Customize the dialogue so that it would fit what the community would need and make sure that the questions are reliable.
Engage the media and document the event. There may be participants who would bring the press with them to report the findings. It might also be good to take photos or videos of the dialogue.
Concluding The Dialogue And More
Once the dialogue ends, the group can now share their ideas, opinions, and values learned to others. They may do it out of free will, but they are not obliged to share their thoughts. The one who records what happens in the dialogue should summarize the whole event and plan on how to send notes about it to the guests.
For groups who are planning to do more after this dialogue, here are some steps:
- If a group like an idea or solution, they may meet again to discuss it and how to take action.
- There may be another dialogue to include those who weren’t there. It will be best to involve the missing voices in the community to have a more in-depth discussion.
- The team may hold more dialogues about other issues or topics that important to them.
- They may talk about previous or existing community actions and how to facilitate with volunteers.
- Interested guests can be guided by the facilitators to learn more about other community efforts.
How Do You Make Your Dialogue Count?
Make sure to record your findings and send them to the local authorities and group participants. In this way, your results will have concrete actions in place. Make sure to follow up with a group on their interests and ask them to continue sharing their valuable opinion and feedback. Everyone has a role in the community and participating in dialogues is just one of them.
It takes a long time to build a healthy community, and it requires everyone’s effort and participation. For a community to be healthy, there must be healthy choices and a high quality of life for the people. All parts of the community should also lead and act to decrease fights and misunderstandings.
If you want to hear out the diverse voices of the community, a community dialogue is a way to do so. Dialogues can be held in any place and be formed by five to 500 people. Your discussion should be suited to fit your objectives, participants, time, setting, and capacity. Make sure to record your results and share them with your participants, authorities, and organizations within ten days to ensure strategic action. Asking the guests some follow-up questions can keep the dialogue going.