Part of almost all Reos projects, Dialogue Interviews are in-depth conversations with concerned people throughout a complex system. Rarely do people feel so thoroughly heard. After conducting these conversations, we synthesize them and mirror them back, identifying common threads. The result is an unusually candid, reflective, and holistic assessment of the problem.
How they work
As a component of a larger project, dialogue interviews are part of the information collecting phase—the “convene” and “observe what is happening” steps of a social lab or transformative scenario exercise. As a stand-alone project, dialogue interviews provoke valuable thinking and discussion, but also create a platform for exploration and action.
The Possible Canadas project is a prime example of dialogue interviews as a stand-alone endeavour. Reos Partners spent six months interviewing 56 Canadians with diverse experiences and perspectives across civil society, business, and government, asking them what it would take to create a good future for their country. The interviews were published in Canada’s newspaper of record and distributed through social media.