Dialogue Circles

The Center for Community Stewardship (C4CS) is excited to announce that we are collaborating with the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion in Milwaukee to bring a process called Dialogue Circles to the Dane County area. The Zeidler Center has ten years of experience helping communities and organizations have challenging conversations, using a structured process that allows people to deeply listen and understand differing perspectives. We believe that this collaboration will help us expand the types of facilitation methods that we are able to offer to our community.

What is a Dialogue Circle?

The Zeidler Center defines it as follows: “In contrast to debate, dialogue is a conversation in which people who have different beliefs and perspectives seek to develop mutual understanding.”

Dialogues typically include 10 to 100 participants, have one facilitator for every 6-8 participants, and last 2 to 3 hours. Participants agree to keep a list of group agreements such as speaking from personal experience and not generalizing. The dialogues have an opening round with a question, open conversation, and end with a closing round. Extensive reports are generated from notes taken by facilitators.

Learn More About the Facilitator Training

We are seeking community members who wish to be trained as circle facilitators on January 20th, 2018 – please click here to learn more and apply to be part of the January 20th Facilitator Training.

Donate or Volunteer

If you would be interested in supporting our efforts to bring dialogue circles to Madison, donate here or email us to learn about opportunities for your organization to sponsor this work.