Afternoon workshops

By registering for the conference we ask you to choose one of these workshops. There is a limited access for each of them.

A. Monitoring and Evaluation of Dialogue: Documenting Effectiveness- Eric Cleven

Transformative Dialogue presents a unique set of challenges when dealing with funders and decision-makers.  Most are used to processes that promise agreement or another particular outcome.  It’s critical that those who propose a Transformative Dialogue are able to clearly articulate what it will accomplish and how that will be documented.  This workshop will present ways to monitor and evaluate dialogue work. It will address several key questions from a transformative perspective, including:

  • How do we know whether dialogue made any difference?
  • How do we document relational changes at the interpersonal and community levels?
  • How can we make donors understand the value of a process that doesn’t necessarily involve material or physical outcomes?
  • How do I do this in practice?

No previous experience with monitoring and evaluation is necessary.

B. Proactive or Reactive:  It’s All about Who’s Talking to Whom – Judy Saul

Whether an intervenor is asked to bring people together to discuss a future situation or to help when a group or community “rises up” in response to a current situation, it’s critical to get the right people talking to each other.  But how does an intervenor determine who is present, who isn’t and how to get the right people engaged?  Transformative Dialogue’s emphasis on co-creating a process changes the nature of the challenges, but they still exist.

This workshop will grapple with the following questions:

  • What can an intervenor do to encourage participation?
  • How do actions differ if the situation is reactive, with people already engaged, versus proactive, where interest must be built?
  • What responsibility does an intervenor have to attempt to create a dialogue that includes those of different races, classes, genders, educational levels or geographic location?
  • How can working with existing institutions and networks help or hinder?

By looking at a range of situations, participants will consider relational strategies for building interest and encouraging engagement regardless of the perceived barriers and the real ones.  Come ready to share your experiences and your ideas as we expand our knowledge of how to ensure that our Transformative Dialogues are filled with the people who need to be talking to each other.

C. Understanding the power of Dialogue – Vesna Matovic

In this workshop, participants will explore the defining features of dialogue and grapple with questions related to what dialogue is.  Topics for exploration include: How do we know when a conversation is a dialogue? When do we enter dialogue, is there a moment in time? What minimal criteria need to be met to call something dialogue? Is dialogue about certain projects, particular processes or content? Is a dialogue about peace the same or different than other dialogues? What is the core of dialogue and what are the varieties? Exploring these challenges will help us understand the power of dialogue.

D. 100 Cups of Coffee: The Nuts and Bolts of Organizing an Open-EndedDialogue – Jody Miller

100 Cups of Coffee is a fully party-driven dialogue, with participants shaping every step of the process.  But what does that mean for a person organizing and facilitating the dialogue? How does the 100 Cups of Coffee Dialogue Project really work?  How do people know what to talk about?  How do people get invited to attend? Who decides when and where a dialogue will take place?  What changes have taken place as a result of the Poughkeepsie dialogue, and what might be expected in similar dialogues?   In this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the process of organizing a 100 Cups dialogue
  • Learn how to use a transformative approach during the preparation process
  • Practice meeting with a host to organize a dialogue

E. How patient care benefits from dialogue – Angie Gaspar & Anja Bekink

Increasing demands on healthcare systems and complex pressures create the conditions for workplace conflict; this inevitably has a detrimental impact on patient care and worker morale. As healthcare is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams, Transformative Dialogue is a wonderful way to get a system to talk with each other about the impact of conflict on their contributions to one another and to patients.

In this workshop we will be exploring:

  • Responding to requests for help from diverse systems
  • Engaging the whole system and the challenges this presents
  • Helping participants to join up a variety of conversations to decide ways forward
  • Other resources which the system might need and have identified as the conversation unfolds.