Design With Dialogue

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About the project Edit

Design with Dialogue (DwD) is an open Toronto-based community of practice for dialogue as co-creation.

DwD has the ultimate purpose of facilitating change and meaningful action in our organizations, communities, collaborative projects and as individuals. We learn and play together through participatory design, strategic dialogue, creative arts and emerging facilitation methods.

DwD is held 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at OCAD University 100 McCaul St. south of Dundas St. in Toronto). For event registration, visit our Eventbrite website.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The project uses the following tools to discuss different societal and community issues:
- Exploration
- Conflict transformation
- Decision making
- Collaborative action

These tools help empower citizens and facilitate real change.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Providing a space to allow people to discuss important issues as well as using community action to facilitate change helps foster strong, resilient communities.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This project could be implemented anywhere

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

What innovation practices make a difference to reality, long-term? Restoring vision after 2008 has been weak, and we have substituted cheap online tech for hard policy. Our economic and social institutions have hit peak governance. This is experienced in civic life as a drag on democracy, as elected officials are captured by events and advocates make little progress. Yes our societal systems have proven themselves resilient - they have demonstrated immunity to structural innovation, while they continue to demand (micro) "innovation" to sustain their grasp.

Many societal systems have grown beyond their capacity to transform by management. Yet they are also resistant to bottom-up change. Collaboration alone is insufficient - We truly need new cultures of co-innovation, collectively deciding, and socially organizing.

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