Civic Innovation Programme
Community Dialogue are undertaking a Northern Ireland-wide consensus building dialogue process;
An Opsahl Commission Plus for the new millennium.
The purpose of this ongoing and growing process is to build a unified cross community critical mass of informed, socially active citizens sharing and articulating an agreed vision for our future. We know, from our extensive community engagement experience, that people who get the chance to understand each other’s positions through dialogue are good at resolving differences and agreeing shared solutions. They have the capacity to reach agreement on a vision for our collective future and on the practical steps to achieve it. Our detailed and extensive society-wide consultation tells us that our citizens are hungry for this opportunity.
Funded through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Civic Innovation Grant, we are also supported by a network of over 30 community partners. These include Rainbow Project, Women’s Information Northern Ireland, Dialogue for Diversity and others, ensuring participation is reflective of our societies’ diversity.
The initiative will:
Nurture a non-party political civic voice, influence policy and effect a measurable societal shift towards an agreed, equal, inclusive future and: • Deepen Understanding of Contentious Issues and the Positions of Others • Grow Capacity for sustaining Meaningful Relationships in a divided society, for Conflict Management and for Consensus Building • Build Agreement on existing and emerging Contentious Issues our systems struggle to resolve • Offer an inclusive and shared Vision for our Future • Deliver Recommendations to Decision Makers.