The Dialogue Community of Practice aims to enhance the quality of relationships through conversation, allowing us to work together to improve what matters most to Scotland.
The Dialogue Community of Practice aims to support the transformation of public services by using dialogue methods. We support a range of Dialogue development, including training events and practice groups.
Dialogue is an effective way to hold discussions and approach difficult situations in the workplace. It can help to get to the root of complex issues and allow people with differing opinions to think and work more effectively together.
The Dialogue approach can create a better understanding of perspectives. It requires individuals to know and share their own views clearly and importantly, understand and work with other people’s points of view. The balance struck can lead to new and innovative solutions being co-created. Dialogue and emotion are inextricably linked. Dialogue helps you notice reactive patterns and impact these have in the workplace allowing you to work more effectively with emotion.
Dialogue is less about competition or ‘winning your point’ in a conversation, it’s about ‘winning together for better outcomes’, allowing what emerges to be greater than the sum of its parts. Watch A Beginners Guide to Dialogue below to learn a little more about dialogue practice.
Core Concepts Training
The Dialogue Community of Practice offers Core Concepts training, where we focus on Dialogic Principles. The next two-day training will take place in Edinburgh on 25th April and 23rd May 2018; facilitated by Donata Caira.
Dialogue in Practice
As a practical follow-up to Core Concepts training, we are offering a set of Dialogue in Practice sessions in Spring/Summer 2018. These are designed to allow a group of practitioners to develop their dialogue skills in a safe and facilitated environment.
The sessions will be facilitated by Donata Caira and Margaret Williamson, both expert dialogue Practitioners, committed to using dialogue to generate better outcomes and sustainable change for public services.
Dialogue in Action
Blog by Margaret Williamson, Boardroom Development Ltd.
Keep up to date with Dialogue by reading our newsletters. Join the mailing list, or read our archive below:
- February 2018 Newsletter
- July 2017 Newsletter
- February 2017 Newsletter
- May 2016 Newsletter
- December 2015 Newsletter
- June 2015 Newsletter
- May 2015 Newsletter
- March 2015 Newsletter
Login to the Khub for further resources on Dialogue, including recorded sessions on “Dialogue and Structural Dynamics” courtesy of H&SC in Fife.
- Dialogue: How to start a dialogue – Check in: What is a Check in? – Sarah Hill
- Dialogue: Introduction and Background to Structural Dynamics – Tony Melville
- Dialogue: Level 1 of Structural Dynamics – Action Modes – Sarah Hill
- Dialogue: Level 2 of Structural Dynamics – Operating Systems: How do you like organisations to work? – Sarah HillDialogue: Level 2 of Structural Dynamics – Operating Systems: How do you like organisations to work? – Sarah Hill
- Dialogue: Level 3 of Structural Dynamics – Communication Domains: Where does your attention go in conversations? – Tony Melville
- Dialogue: Making conversations more effective – Moral or Structural Stories – Tony Melville and Sarah Hill
Practice Group Guidance provides information about facilitating Dialogue Practice, it’s purpose and benefits, and what is expected from you.
If you would like to learn about how facilitated dialogue sessions could help you or your team, watch this short video about facilitated work we have been progressing with Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership.
An evaluation of the impact of the Dialogue Community of Practice to date can be found here – Published July 2016.
NHS Education for Scotland has a number of videos on the Caring Conversations Framework: