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What is Sustained Dialogue?

Sustained dialogue is a deliberate, patented, and repeatable peace process employed to transform difficult relationships and move toward resolution in conflicts between groups.

Across the globe, the Sustained Dialogue Institute supports individuals in transforming conflictual relationships and designing change processes. We define dialogue as “listening deeply enough to be changed by what you learn.”

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Our Work

The objective of SDI is to enhance community potential in recognizing differences as valuable assets and guiding individuals in moving from conversation to taking concrete steps.

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SDI provides workshops and educational trainings tailored to your institution’s needs. Hold training in your workplace, community organization, nonprofit, college, or university.

Establish a Program

In Essence, we team up consistently with different institutions, community groups and businesses to provide continuous technical help as we aim to build the most diverse and creative community conceivable.

Our Impact

SDI works to improve community capacity to engage differences as strengths while helping people move from dialogue to action.



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Ellie Canter, Nonprofit Director

Turning the Page worked with SDI on “Building Authentic Relationships Across Difference” to equip us with skills and language to engage effectively with our partner schools and communities. We have used the practices in our community workshops and leadership activities to maintain that space between parents and teachers and school leaders. We enjoyed the training so much for our new AmeriCorps members.

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LaForce Baker, Denison SD Alum

I believe that implementation of SD enabled members of my campus to come together as a close-knit family, instead of strangers. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that embodies such diversity, acceptance, and honesty. This is how to make large-scale societal change in the ways we interact.

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Billy Choo, Northwestern SD Alum

I was trained for Sustained Dialogue at NU in 2013. I recently used the SD model to lead a workshop where the group challenged social norms of masculinity with an audience of majority men. One participant at the end of the workshop asked how I came up with my questions and, honestly, all I could say was SD and everything it taught me. Thank you for the amazing training 2 years ago that I still use.

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Sian Miranda Singh OFaolain, Princeton SD Alum

My involvement leading SD was inspiring. I learned the importance of individuals’ experience in shaping their worldview, the value of listening, the necessity of being open to personal change, and the need to respect the complex intersections of people’s identities. SD has been instrumental in shaping my commitment to issues of social equality.

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