In a world of increasing complexity, answers have a short life-span and people have a growing desire to solve their own problems. Sustainable social change is increasingly depending on successful dialogue.
This book provides a closer look at transformative dialogue tools and processes for social change. It profiles ten dialogue methods in depth, and another fifteen more briefly.
The methods covered conceptually and in case studies include Deep Democracy, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Scenario Planning, World Cafe, the Israeli-Palestinian School for Peace and many more.
The book gives insight into the foundations of practical dialogue work, a dictionary to distinguish dialogue from other forms of conversation, and inspiration from traditional African approaches to dialogue.
The authors offer guidelines for assessing what tools to use for which situation on the basis of their experiences. This makes it a unique and indispensable resource for the practitioner of social change.
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About the authors
Colleen is co-founder of Reos Partners and previously served as the Managing Director for the Africa office. Her new role as Director of Innovation and Practice will focus on evolving Reos’ offerings to amplify impact.
She is a scenario planning expert and has led a number of transformative scenario planning processes around the world. Her experience includes convening, organising, and facilitating short- and long-term relationships across sectors to address their most pressing challenges—from violence against women to climate change adaptation in vulnerable parts of the African continent.
Mille is a creative and experienced practitioner and thought leader in the space of social transformation and systems change. She co-founded the Reos Partners offices in Johannesburg, São Paulo, and Geneva, where she is now based.
Her expertise includes facilitating complex and high-stakes multi-stakeholder processes and building purposeful networks and organisations.
Mille has worked as a lead facilitator on numerous transformative scenarios processes including Alerta Democratica and Cyprus Futures.