Creating space for transformative conversations

2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

November 01, 2018

The 2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, taking place in downtown Denver this November 2-4. SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue will be sharing our resources and knowledge throughout the conference. You can also follow the conference online by following the #NCDD2018 hashtag. Conference participants can visit us at the following events:  


Expanding Your Toolbox
Friday, Nov. 2nd @ 4:30PM MT 

Doing dialogue work and want to connect with new resources? Have ideas on people and places excelling in the dialogue work they do? Come visit the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue for an interactive learning experience: hear about how we are creating a hub for knowledge and practice, learn about new tools and how you can use them in your work, and contribute to our search for individuals excelling globally in the field of dialogue! We will have giveaways to help advance your work and look forward to connecting.

Kareen Wong
Communications Manager, SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Grace Lee
Grace Lee, SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue



Participatory Systems Change – Engagement for Big Impact
Friday, November 2nd @ 3PM MT

Addressing many of today’s societal, economic and environmental problems requires a systems lens that takes into account the values of citizens and stakeholders, identifies leverage points for intervention, and builds collaboration among multiple actors. Through hands-on activities, participants will explore how dialogue-based engagement and systems approaches can be connected to create Participatory Systems Change, by rethinking key aspects of engagement, i.e.: ownership; issue framing; sequencing; the nature of democratic exchange; the method of analysis; and communications strategies. (Plaza Court 8 – Advanced – Models)

Robin Prest
Program Director, Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Martín Carcasson
Director, CSU Center for Public Deliberation
Board Chair, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation


Don’t  Engage the Public… Before You’ve Answered These Six Questions
Saturday, November 3rd @ 9AM MT 

Public participation is increasingly becoming the norm for government decision-making. More engagement, however, doesn’t necessarily mean higher satisfaction with the process and outcomes among communities and decision-makers. Using case studies and scenario exercises the session will provide an opportunity to road-test six strategic questions that help set dialogue and deliberation practitioners up for success, by clarifying key elements of an engagement process, including the topic, desired outcomes, impact on communities, depth and reach of engagement, as well as plans for follow-through. (Governor’s Square 9 – Intermediate – Skill-building)

Robin Prest
Program Director, Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Kareen Wong
Communications Manager, Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue