Dialogue and Deliberation
Dialogue strategies are linked with community engagement strategies, focusing on bringing people together to discuss a particular issue, and/or to build relationships. Many groups describe these strategies as methods for practicing democracy and for raising the voices of marginalized groups, and/or of multiple perspectives in a community. Some dialogue processes are designed explicitly as a first step towards action and change; some are not. Most share goals of increasing the number of perspectives that are brought to bear on a community issue. Structured dialogue processes can build important relationships among people who did not previously know, trust or empathize with each other, and thus, increase one’s competence and confidence in interacting with people of different races and ethnicities. They can also help people explore an issue from multiple perspectives, as a starting point for planning strategies or motivating actions.
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Frederick Douglass, 1852 – Danny Glover, Voices of a People's History of the United States
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