Civic engagement

From immigration to education, mental health to the economy, local elections to national policy, members of every community take part in challenging conversations. Administrators, policymakers and advocates are tasked with improving their communities and strengthening our democracy - but too often, they get stuck in the trenches of polarization, talking past one another instead of with one another.

Dialogue offers a proven skillset for civic leaders and constituents across sectors to engage constructively with their community, create a shared vision, and communicate effectively across differences with poise, purpose, and intention.


A public engagement process was made possible through personal and sustained conversations about land, conservation, and the economy.
The Challenge Over the past 25 years, New Hampshire has seen an influx of immigrants and refugees, new communities seeking to integrate alongside long-established immigrant populations. Cities like Manchester experienced especially notable...
A community on Massachusetts' North Shore invested in creating a culture of dialogue, and the results are everywhere.

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  • Aspen Institute
  • American Counseling Association
  • Center for Policy Alternatives
  • Center for Relationships
  • Centro de Colboracion Civica
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center
  • Council of State Governments
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ford Foundation
  • Johnson Foundation Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
  • National Patient Safety FOundation
  • Poynter Institute
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • Ruth Mott Foundation
  • Union of Concerned Scientsts
  • Welcoming America
  • There was a remarkable change in the way we were able to communicate with one another following the facilitated conversations.

    Bill Scott, MA Department of Mental Health Project Director for the Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion Grant
  • What surprised me was how much you could transform a relationship during a three-hour conversation.

    Nicki Glasser, Policy Coordinator for the Transformation Center
  • The thing that always feels like magic to me - and I’ve used it in several meetings that I’ve had since - is how the practitioners start by setting out pacts or agreements.

    Kate Cell, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • It's put a light over my head to think...anything is possible

    Molly Froelich, CDSC