January 28, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm CST
Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences
This workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP’s Reflective Structured Dialogue framework.
For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP’s framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.
Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.
- To learn the basic theory and practice of EP’s Reflective Structured Dialogue framework;
- To explore how conveners and facilitators might use EP’s framework to design
- conversation in their communities through case studies and practice;
- To sketch out how EP’s framework might look in participants’ communities;
- To get a taste of what it’s like to participate in a dialogue.
As a result of this workshop, you will be equipped to:
- Envision what a better conversation about tough issues might look like in your community or organization;
- Begin to break destructive communication habits in your community, campus, congregation, or organization;
- Encourage conversations that allow people to participate fully, listen actively, and empathize across differences;
- Make the case for bringing EP’s framework to your community or organization.
Who might participate:
- Civic leaders and advocates
- Educators and administrators
- Corporate and nonprofit managers
- Human resources and organizational development professionals
- Clergy and lay religious leaders
- Therapists or social workers
- Alternative dispute resolution professionals