Consensus Building Dialogue Programme 2020-2021

Civic Innovation Pilot Programme: “Agreeing a Shared Vision for Our Future”
October 3, 2020
Social Justice Programme
October 3, 2020

Supported by the Northern Ireland Executive’s T:Buc Strategy through the Central Good Relations Fund

Building Capacity to Manage Conflict and Diverse Relationships. Reaching Agreement On Contentious Issues. Building A Shared Vision For Our Future

Our Consensus Building Dialogue Programme worked to foster society-wide ownership of divisive issue resolution and our shared future, using needs responsive facilitated dialogue methodology.

This process enabled participants to:

  • Build shared understanding of our contested past and the impact and legacy of our conflict.
  • Challenge sectarianism and its foundations in myth, stereotype, and ignorance.
  • Deepen shared understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity and the positions of others.
  • Agree an achievable vision for the future.
  • Identify obstacles, such as sectarianism, segregated education and housing and action plan responses.

Throughout the programme participants were provided with the opportunity to:

  • Be heard, understood, and taken seriously.
  • More deeply understand the positions of others.
  • Build skill and capacity to manage conflict and relationships.
  • Reach agreement with others on contentious issues.
  • Agree effective shared responses.
  • Join a growing diverse community who are evolving a shared achievable vision for our future.