Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue (NCPD) has the pleasure to invite you to an online training in facilitation of digital topic-based dialogues.
Topic based dialogues are facilitated talks about a topic chosen by the participant group, and can be used in community building, prevention of conflicts and decision-making processes.
Topic-based dialogues are needed to talk about complicated and challenging issues in an open, honest and non-argumentative way. The dialogue follows the same participatory principles as conflict-based dialogues and are facilitated by a person trained in this methodology.
NCPD have facilitated topic-based dialogues in many communities and contexts, such as schools, local politics, student groups and religious communities. In addition open public dialogues is a format we have been increasingly developing and facilitated.
This last year we developed a method for conducting topic-based dialogues online and found that it is possible, and that the outcomes often are the same as the physical dialogues:
Participants get new perspectives
Participants listen more deeply to each other
Participants build networks and develop coordinated actions
Participants learn to talk with each other in a non-argumentative way
Participants might find solutions for complex situations
Who should attend?
This training is for you who have experience in dialogue methodology and perhaps has participated in one of our trainings in dialogue and conflict transformation.
It is a training for those of you who are interested to learn more about dialogue facilitation and topic-based dialogues, also in a digital way.
Get known with the role of a dialogue facilitator
Get familiar with the concept of topic-based dialogues
Learn how to organize and facilitate digital topic-based dialogues
Explore potentials of topic-based dialogues in your community
This is an interactive and explorative four-day digital training. You will be guided through different topics and activities, give and receive feedback to your fellow participants, and challenge yourself in the role of a facilitator. We will use zoom as the digital platform for the training.
Maximum number of participants: The number of participants is limited to 10 -12. This is because of the interactive nature of the digital training and that all participants need to get enough time for practicing the role of the facilitator.
Participant selection will be done with the aim of creating a diverse group of people with knowledge and experience with dialogue from different contexts and professional fields.
Time schedule: All days Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th from 1 pm to 6 pm CET (Central European Time).
Since the methodology in the course is process-based, it is very important that all participants are present throughout all sessions. Home assignments can be given between the training days.
Participation fee for the four-day training:
150 EURO for adults or employed
50 EURO for students or unemployed
Deadline for applying: February 10, 2021. Payment before February 14, to ensure your participation.
Any further questions can be directed to Christiane Seehausen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Christiane Seehausen (senior advisor): A nurse with a bachelor’s degree in Multi-cultural understanding and further studies in organizational leadership, pedagogy, coaching and development. Christiane has worked as a director for an integration centre for refugees and has developed an education program in cultural competence in cooperation with Eastern Norway Research institute and Inland Norway University for Applied Sciences. She has developed and implemented dialogue trainings in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, and is facilitating dialogues in different contexts in Norway.
Siri Syverud Thorsen (dialogue coordinator): Siri holds a master’s degree in Migration and Intercultural relations, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Society. Previously, Siri has organized and researched dialogue initiatives using the method of social theatre and worked with community development in refugee settlements in Uganda. At NCPD Siri is responsible for most digital activities and have been co-trainer and co-facilitator in trainings, webinars and workshops within Norway and abroad.