Experience the dialogue
Each year we have several options to have a nice conversation, to experience the dialogue as an alternative for the debate:
– we have monthly our Dialogue café @Fontys, Emmasingel 28, Eindhoven
– we have yearly the Evening of the Dialogue @TU/e, Eindhoven.
On top of one and another other options can arise during the year. Look regularly to this site or mail to us: firstname.lastname@example.org !
The birthplace of the Day of Dialogue is Rotterdam. After “nine-eleven” 2001 (remember: airplanes flying into the World Trade Centre in New York), the need to connect people from diﬀerent backgrounds arises and the Dialogue method is formulated as an answer to this need. From this start the Day of Dialogue spreads to many cities, including Eindhoven, where the ﬁrst day was organized in 2008. Dialogue Netherlands as a community is active since 2006. The need to connect people is higher than ever. Dialogue proves to be a powerful method to accomplish this connection.
The dialogue theme:
This varies per dialogue, depending upon the time and the place where the dialogue takes place. To give you an impression: the themes @TU/e:
2014: Dare to share
2015: The choice is yours
2016: Feeling @home
2017: Fantastic failures
2018: Facing your Future
The dialogue method/steps, specific for Eindhoven in Dialogue:
1. Getting to know each other
2. Sharing experiences
The dialogue attitude. similar for each dialogue method:
• The group is responsible, the conversation is pleasurable and safe. Be friendly and treat everybody with respect. What is shared is conﬁdential — do not share names and personal stories.
• Be responsible for your own feelings. Questions may be answered, but need not, if this doesn’t feel right.
• Give others the time to tell his/her story uninterrupted.
• Appreciate shared stories (do not judge).
• Investigate shared stories by means of open questions. Be curious, but avoid questions you yourself would be hesitant to answer.
• Leave room for silence to think and formulate.
• Everybody deserves attention. Try and be concise to allow others time to share their stories.
• Share from your personal perspective.
Role of the dialogue guide
• Explain and maintain the dialogue theme and attitude.
• Highlight the Dialogue steps.
• Manage time, including breaks.
• Safeguard that everybody can speak and can be heard.
• Safeguard an inquisitive and safe atmosphere.
• Stimulate a personal, attentive conversation as well as a lighthearted conversation.
• Make sure the conversation ﬁnishes well for all participants.