Anything is possible with a little dialogue
When people start talking with each other, not at one another...
When we escape yes or no, black and white dichotomies...
When we realize that many of the tools we use to communicate are pushing us away from having real conversations...
...we’re on the path to something sustainable.
When your organization faces a divisive issue with diverse perspectives, we're the people you call. Whether it’s getting your team into a room to talk after a serious breach of trust, or designing a multi-platform engagement strategy that gives thousands of community members a seat at the table, our solutions are as unique as your needs.
Change begins with listening. Let’s get the conversation started.
New blood donation policies: Turning outrage to action
Dialogue Partners turned outrage to action for the Canadian Blood Services. Taken to the Supreme Court for an unfair policy on blood donation by men who have had sex with other men, Canadian Blood Services needed a new path forward. Dialogue Partners planned and facilitated conversations that brought polarized stakeholders together to find a way forward that respects rights and the integrity of the blood supply. After years of controversy, common ground to move forward was found.
Finding common ground: Aboriginal community + big power company
When a provincial power company purchased a northern hydro generating facility, they inherited decades of conflict with the neighbouring aboriginal community. Dialogue Partners served as the bridge and guide to building a new and different relationship. The work involved over 500 one-on-one interviews, storytelling workshops, and community meals. They brought back the community voice to SaskPower, and transformed a long-standing, seemingly intractable conflict. The two groups worked together to co-create the start of a stronger, sustainable relationship for the future.
Education budget challenge: Too much space, not enough students
Declining enrollment, surplus school space, and insufficient funding spurred the Edmonton Public School Board to action. They hired Dialogue Partners to engage both community and stakeholders to explore how to make sense of these dueling tensions. Dialogue Partners facilitated discussions related to community values, available space, community needs and quality education. In the end, they helped map a path so that all students would have access to vibrant schools and a range of quality programs.