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16 October 2014
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Community Dialogue

Community Dialogue uses conversation to build understanding between the divided people of Northern Ireland on the critical issues affecting their future.

What we do

We bring people together from diverse backgrounds and ask them to question their own and each other’s positions on issues important to them like policing, sectarianism or decommissioning. People are then asked to look at the needs underlying those positions.

We Ask

  • What do you want?
  • What do you really need and why do you need it?
  • What could you live with, given the needs of others differ from yours?

While dialogue is more about searching than certainty participants may:

  • Understand more clearly where someone is coming from
  • Clarify their own position
  • Develop new insights
  • Find the basis for new relationships

We Do Not

  • Tell participants what to think or if they are right or wrong
  • Negotiate, mediate or problem solve

We Do

  • Challenge thinking and encourage questioning
  • Offer a process of greater understanding of self and others, the outcomes of which may be unclear

Contact Details

David Holloway
Community Dialogue
373 Springfield Road

Tel: 028 90 329 995

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