ABOUT THE CENTRE

What is Dialogue?

Dialogue brings together many voices, stories, perspectives, and experiences to increase mutual understanding and identify shared solutions. Instead of arguing for what you already know, dialogue is entered into with a spirit of curiosity and an openness to be changed. Instead of a conversation with sides, dialogue has a center.

 

 

Our Mission

To foster shared understanding and positive action through dialogue and engagement.

 

What We Do

SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue creates real-world impact for society’s most pressing challenges by using dialogue and engagement to co-create solutions, exchange knowledge, support community-engaged learning, and to build the capacity of others in the knowledge and practice of dialogue.

Our Values

The following values guide our work:

Transparency: We earn trust and legitimacy by proactively disclosing our motives and by transparently communicating the outcomes of our work.

Diversity: We believe that success and innovation require the participation of diverse peoples, perspectives, and ways of knowing.

Curiosity: We host respectful conversations without pre-determined outcomes, where collaborative inquiry serves as an alternative to adversarial approaches.

Equity: We support participants in achieving equal voice by removing barriers to participation, reducing power imbalances, and counteracting systems of harm.

Impartiality: We hold neutral space for others to express their ideas, while recognizing our responsibility to ground these discussions in evidence-based information.

OUR FOUNDING AND HISTORY

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