Webinar: How Dialogue Can Help Bridge Unbridgeable Divides

Join us in a conversation on It’s Not Our Differences that Divide Us…How Dialogue Can Help Bridge Unbridgeable Divides? by Dave Joseph on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 2 PM ETThis webinar will reflect on how dialogue can help promote coexistence, connection, mutual respect and understanding in a broad variety of settings.

Drawing upon his dialogue work in Nigeria, Liberia, Burundi, Greece, Thailand, and the US, Dave will focus on bridging differences of identity (religion, ethnicity, race, gender, etc.), as well as political and ideological differences. The webinar will address the capacity of dialogue to promote the re-humanization of the “Other,” reduce/minimize stereotypes, demonization, and address issues of power differences; and what dialogue can and cannot do; when it may be a useful tool in the practitioner’s toolbox. This webinar will also address the personal qualities and characteristics of the facilitator.

Takeaways will include greater awareness of the key roles of each of the following in dialogue:

  • Clarity and unity of purpose
  • Structures that promote reflection
  • Community/communication agreements
  • Preparation
  • Reflection
  • Inquiry

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Dave Joseph, MSW, is a Senior Associate at Essential Partners (formerly the Public Conversations Project), after serving as Director of Programs from 2005-2017. He has provided training in effective communication, mediation and dialogue training in the United States, Canada, Greece, Thailand, Nigeria, Liberia, and Burundi. He has designed and facilitated respectful, constructive conversations about such polarized issues as immigration, race, class, gender, marriage equality, domestic violence,  and political differences. His international work has focused on promoting interfaith coexistence and collaboration; restoring and enhancing community resilience in post-conflict situations; and immigration.

Dave is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and currently serves as its Board Chair. He is an experienced mediator, facilitator, and a consultant who has designed meetings, conferences and strategic initiatives in the US and internationally.

Previously, he co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. His background also includes having directed mental health and addictions treatment programs for 20 years at community mental health centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


Please note that the deadline to register for this webinar is one day before the event. We will send the Zoom access link to registrants after the registration closing time and on the day of the event.

For more information about this our other webinars, contact us at webinars@mediatorsbeyondborders.org.

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