Creating space for transformative conversations
What a year it has been! The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is thriving. We’ve grown, we’ve expanded our reach and we have deepened our practice. As we bring 2019 to a close, let's count down our 19 highlights of the year.
One of our highlights (#14), the Dialogue Changed My Life campaign, made me wonder – has dialogue changed my life? As I quickly scrolled through the personal, professional and community events of my last year, I realized that dialogue has changed my life. I am a better parent and daughter because I have skills to address conflicts within my family, I’ve traded my activist hat for the role of facilitator, convener and host of difficult conversations and I’ve ventured beyond my echo chamber to see and hear voices and perspectives that are different from my own.
So if dialogue can change an individual’s life, what can it do for our communities and countries? Can dialogue be an antidote to polarization, indifference and isolation? Is it a way out of the divisive politics of our time? Or simply just more talking?
I’d love to hear your thoughts - what has dialogue done for you in 2019?