Which principles should guide facilitators when planning and shaping participative dialogue spaces? How can they ensure a reflective dialogue mode, in which all participants have a say, especially when the stakes are high in conflict settings?
In Basics of Dialogue Facilitation, Norbert Ropers draws on his broad and deep field experience of conducting constructive dialogues around contentious issues in conflict and post-war settings to offer support to other facilitators with this simple, hands-on advice. The short manual provides guidance, inspiration and practical tools. It addresses those who are engaged in planning and facilitating dialogue processes as well as those who are advocating for dialogue as a means for transforming conflict.
In our understanding, facilitation creates a space that allows for face-to-face interaction between members with different backgrounds, convictions and opinions, in which they respect each other as human beings and are prepared to listen to each other deeply enough to inspire some kind of change of attitudes or learning, which will contribute to consensus building.
The publication has now been adapted for Spanish-speaking facilitators, thus even more useful for them in catering to Latin American countries’ needs for generating inclusive and democratic dialogue processes, on issues ranging from territorial security to governance. Dialogue, many in the region agree, will allow the actors and communities concerned to agree on medium and long-term options.