Deliberative Dialogue

Deliberative Dialogue
Main Topic
Solidarity - Social Activities
Additional Topic(s)
Empowerment and Inclusion – Diversity
Solidarity - Civic Activities
30-60 minutes
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
● Improve critical thinking, communication, and discussion skills

● Foster empathy, respect for diverse perspectives, and knowledge of current issues

Expected Results

● Better understanding of the issue

● Ability to articulate different perspectives

● Identifying common ground and potential solutions
Overview of Activity
The Deliberative Dialogue game is a group discussion activity that encourages active listening and respectful communication. Participants brainstorm their thoughts on a current issue related to active citizenship and engage in a group discussion seeking common ground and areas of agreement and disagreement. The game is ideal for promoting critical thinking, dialogue, and civic engagement, and more targeted to those young people who are aware of active citizenship issues.
Description of Activity
1. The facilitator introduces the game by explaining its purpose and goals and then asks participants to brainstorm a list of current issues related to active citizenship, such as social media and privacy rights, mental health and wellness, gender equality and feminism, technology and its impact on society, climate justice. These are just examples and the facilitator can choose any other issues.

2. The facilitator should write these issues on the board or a large piece of paper and have participants vote on which issue they would like to discuss. The issue with the most votes will be the topic of discussion.

3. The facilitator divides participants into small groups of 3-5 people, making sure each group has a mix of perspectives, and gives each group a piece of paper and a pen. The facilitator then asks the groups to brainstorm their thoughts on the issue, both pros and cons.

4. After a few minutes of brainstorming, the facilitator brings the groups back together and asks each group to share their thoughts and encourages them to listen actively and respectfully to other groups' ideas.

5. Once all groups have shared their thoughts, the facilitator should encourage a group discussion by asking each participant to share their thoughts on the issue and encouraging them to engage with each other's ideas, seeking common ground and areas of agreement and disagreement.

6. As the discussion is underway, the facilitator should take notes on the board or on a large piece of paper, capturing the main ideas and points of agreement and disagreement.

7. Once the discussion is complete, the facilitator reviews the notes with the group, highlighting the areas of agreement and disagreement.

8. The facilitator closes the game by reflecting on what was learned, and what next steps can be taken to address the issue.
Sources & Additional Materials
Flipchart paper or a whiteboard, markers or dry-erase markers.
Additional Notes
● Facilitators should have a good understanding of the topic being discussed and should remain impartial throughout the discussion.

● Facilitators should encourage participation from all players and create a safe and respectful environment for open dialogue.

● It may be helpful to provide some background information or resources on the issue before the game.

● Participants should be reminded to listen actively and respectfully to each other's perspectives, even if they disagree with them.

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2 thoughts on “Deliberative Dialogue”

  1. Hi! Should this activity be for those already knowledgeable of active citizenship/a few hours or days into a workshop or training? Or is it ok for everyone irrespective of their knowledge of active citizenship?

  2. Hello there! I would say, it should be for those who are already aware of the related issues, or, as you pointed out, it should be implemented later in a training. Thank you so much for the comment! We have added a short sentence in the description.


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