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Estamos muito felizes por inspirar pessoas a mediar Diálogos !

Nossa intenção é oferecer-lhe um guia para a preparação, coordenação e colheita de um Diálogo Global.

Nosso objetivo é conseguir que, assim como você, outras pessoas de diferentes partes do

mundo também sintam-se inspiradas a mediar um diálogo dentro de suas comunidades,

organizações, empresas, amigos e / ou qualquer tipo de rede de que façam parte ou possam

ter acesso.

Somos um grupo de indivíduos de diversas organizações e redes, comprometido com a cocriação

de um mundo ecologicamente sustentável, que busca facilitar uma mudança mais

profunda para o despertar da humanidade e, de mãos dadas, construir um futuro melhor.




We are very happy that you feel inspired to host a dialogue. Our intention is to provide you with the guidance for the preparation, hosting and harvesting of a Global Dialogue event. Our goal is that, like you, other people from different parts of the world will feel inspired to host a dialogue within their communities, organizations, companies, friends, and/or any kind of networks they are part of or can access.


The Dialogue is basically run in two different settings:

THE CIRCLE: This can be a circle with chairs. If you feel it is appropriate for your group, you might want to invite them to sit down on the floor (having cushions is a good idea).

THE WORLD CAFÉ TABLES:  Depending on the number of participants, you need to have a number of tables available with 4 to 6 participants at each.

If you have enough space, set up the circle and the café tables in different areas to avoid having to rearrange the space between sessions. Below you can see pictures showing an example of a space set up for a dialogue:


To assist you in facilitating The GlobalDialogues we have co-created a Global Dialogue Framework. This Framework includes Dialogue Principles to guide participants in their relational practices, and a Dialogue Process[1] for facilitating the dialogues in a coherent and systemic way.



Participants are invited to share these principles as the basis of Global Dialogue practice. You may want to create a poster and put it on the wall to make it visible for them:

OPENNESS– to each other, to the process of co-learning and co-creation, and to the purpose of these dialogues.

RESPECT – for different views and understandings, for each participant’s unique learning journey, and for a peaceful and empowering group dynamic.

WILLINGNESS– to discover, to learn, to share, and to contribute to the Global Dialogue Process.

COMMITMENT– to apply the first three principles and to participate with a positive and open-minded attitude.



The Dialogue Process is founded on five key steps that can be facilitated in any context for all different kinds of cultures and all kinds of groups. This process was designed to be run in 4 hours.

You are free to create your own exercises and facilitation techniques for each step. To support you in your facilitation we have included a range of techniques and social technologies that we found very useful and empowering (please refer to the complete set of the Global Dialogue guidelines).


These key steps are:

CONNECT  >>>>>  ENVISION >>>>>>  ENGAGE  >>>>>  REFLECT >>>>>  SHARE

The Global Dialogue 5 Step Process


Step 1 -CONNECT – about 50 minutes

  1. Welcome everybody into the circle and ask everyone to introduce themselves, one by one. You can use a talking-stick to give to people as they introduce themselves to the group.
  2. Share now about the purpose of Global Dialogues – Set the Context.
  3. Ask the participants to form small groups of about 5 to 6 people. Explain that for this exercise they will have a creative dialogue about ‘the future they want’. You can provide a big paper at the centre of each table. Encourage them all to use the paper for mind mapping: to draw, write, and doodle whatever they feel captures the kind of future and society that they would like to create and be a part of. You can also remind participants that they may also include there what they feel should be maintained from present into the future. This will later be harvested and shared with the bigger group during Step 5.

Step 2 -ENVISION – about 30 minutes

Step 2 includes a visioning exercise for envisioning an equitable and flourishingfuture and society, and a group sharing to integrate the visioning experience.

  1. A.      Imagine yourself walking on a beautiful path… this path leads you to the future of a society where people and Nature flourish together. A society that is founded on principles of generosity, sharing, and prosperity. Now that you have entered into this future, have a look around – sense & explore: How does it feel to you to live in thiskind of society? How would you describe society here? What are the characteristics of this society – how do people relate with each other, what do you observe and what is different about that compared to the society from where you came? How do human beings take care of our planet and each other, here in this future? What are the kind of systems that exist in this society? Anything else that you can sense, feel, and /or see about this society that we need to learn about and understand?


Now from this future perspective of where you are now, as you look back at 2012, what would you say did we as a humanity learn, change, and act on in 2012 and the following years, that enabled us to co-create this future and society together? Now take the wisdom and knowledge from this future with you back to present reality in 2012 to support us in 2012 with what we need to realise and understand in order to co-create the future that we want. As you are ready to leave this future and move back to present time in 2012, walk back on the path through which you came and come back to your life in 2012.


  1. B.      Ask participants to share with the group their experience of the visioning, and have harvesters ready to take notes / write down on white-boards what people are sharing. This harvest together with the harvest at Step 1.C becomes the harvest for – “Shared vision for the future that we want”.

Step 3 -ENGAGE – about 60 minutes

Through this step participants will explore and answer three questions in small groups of 4 to 6 people. For each question people will form a different group to ensure maximum exchange between people and to enrich the co-learning experience. Ask each group to select a host, who upon rotation of tables and participants remains at the table to explain to the new group members what was discussed previously. Then ensure that after completion of the exercise, new hosts are chosen. Hosts also ensure that the dialogue principles are applied and that each member of the group is given the space to share and express.

  1. A.     The three questions for Backcasting:
  2. 1.      What do we need to learn to help us co-create the future and society that we want?(15 min)
  3. 2.      What do we need to change to actualiseour intentions for the kind of future and society we want? (15 min)
  4. 3.      What are the actions that we need to taketo help us move from where we are now to the outcomes that we want? (15 min brainstorming of actions)
    1. B.         Prioritisation of 5 key actions –while still in small groups exploring question 3 ‘What are the actions that we need to take”? Ask participants to prioritise now the actions that they have chosen as a group and bring this down to 5 key actions. Out of the 5 chosen actions, 3 of these actions need to be concrete and 2 can be more general / philosophical in nature (5 to 10 min).

Step 4 -REFLECT– about 15 minutes

Welcome everybody back into the bigger circle. Explain that this next step is about reflecting and integrating the experience of the day. Ask the participants to close their eyes, sit comfortable, release any tension, breathe deeply and relax into their body. You can play some peaceful relaxing music and soften your voice. Ask people to reflect on the following questions:

Question: What did I learn and receive today? And what actions can I take now,to support the co-creation of the future and society that we want?


Step 5 -SHARE – about 60 minutes

This step is about sharing the harvesting of the day: bringing to the surface the main concerns and ideas of the group, making the knowledge visible so that the whole group witnesses the co-creation and co-learning that took place. There are four parts to this step: A. The 10 min harvesting team presentation, B. 20 min of Group sharing, C. 15 min formation of Action Groups by participants sharing their actions from Step 4 Reflect, and D. 15 minutes of completion remarks.

Note about completion – about 15 minutes

The closing is very important to make sure people ground their learning, insights and connections with other people. At this point, invite people to stay in the circle and share “What is their ‘take away’ from this dialogue process?” or “In three words the gift they received from this day”. The talking piece can be used in the same way it was used during the Welcome. Again, ask people to be concise in their speaking, in order to allow time for everybody to speak.

We hope that you enjoyed hosting this process and that you learned a lot with you group. After the process, you are invited to share the outcomes of your dialogue with the Rio+20 project group. We are developing a platform for you to post the harvest of your conversation.


The harvesting team is composed of individuals, able to listen in, connect the dots, see patterns, synthesise and tell stories and visually represent the collective ideas, knowledge and feelings.

The synthesis can take various forms: a written report (avoiding just plain text), a poster, a power point presentation, a video, etc. Organising, facilitating and harvesting team need to agree together on the most suitable format for the type of participants involved (e.g. a poem or story for children and report for businessman). The Harvesting should basically reflect the collective answer for the following four questions:

  1. 1.      What is the future that we want?Harvested through Step 1C and 2B.
  2. 2.      What do we need to learn to help us co-create the future and society that we want? Harvested through Step 3A – Engage, first group exercise.
  3. 3.      What do we need to change to actualise our intentions for the kind of future and society we want? Harvested through Step 3 A– Engage, second group exercise.
  4. 4.     What are the 5 key actions (3 concrete actions and 2 actions that can be more philosophical) that we need to take to help us move from where we are now to the outcomes that we want?  Harvested through Step 3A – Engage, third group exercise and  3B prioritisation.

[1] This process has been inspired by a creative co-learning process called, TAP-The Actualisation Process®, which was developed by Anneloes Smitsman (founding Director ELIA-Ecological Living In Action)


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