People in conversation

A Model for an Introductory Dialogue on Abortion

The model described in this resource was developed for the single session introductory dialogues on abortion that Essential Partners (then known as the Public Conversations Project) conducted in 1990-1992 and 1995-1998. More than two dozen dialogues were convened across the two periods.

The initial introductory dialogue is a crucial step in building the necessary trust between the facilitator and/or convener and the participants. With especially divisive topics, great care must be take in designing the invitation and in welcoming participants into the space.