Mission & Values

Holding Space for Transformative Conversations

Shared Understanding & Positive Action

Our mission is 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 experiential learning and transform democratic participation.

We do this in many ways, some of which are:

  • Offering dialogue and engagement consulting services
  • Developing and amplifying resources that enrich dialogue practice
  • Collaborating on a variety of initiatives, including with Dialogue Fellows, Dialogue Associates and the broader SFU community

How do values guide our work?


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


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


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


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


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