Designing Community-Based Dialogue (free of charge)

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09:00 am TO 10:15 am
(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
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Online, Instructor-Led Course

Community-based dialogue can be a powerful mechanism for meaningful engagement, provided conveners, facilitators, participants, and other stakeholders have an informed understanding of what dialogue is and how to design and carry out a dialogue process. This course introduces participants to dialogue as a practical and effective process for advancing conflict transformation and peacebuilding at the community level. The course focuses on designing and implementing a relevant, sustainable, and meaningful dialogue process. Those enrolled can earn a certification of participation upon completing the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish dialogue from other conflict resolution processes.
  • Determine when community-based dialogue is an appropriate process to manage a conflict.
  • Design a community-based dialogue process in their own geographical and social context.

Instructor-led Delivery

USIP’s new instructor-led format blends a self-paced curriculum with weekly live, interactive webinars. Enrolled participants will join a group of fellow learners from around the world. Each week will feature a new lesson that includes a real-world case study, a skills-building exercise, and small group discussions. A new course is offered each month and is four weeks in duration. The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Certificates of participation are awarded at the conclusion of the course.


  • Weekly Self-Paced Curriculum: Learn at your own pace and schedule through carefully curated self-guided curriculum and instructional videos.
  • Weekly Live Webinars: Every week, a USIP expert or guest lecturer will host a country case study, a facilitated exercise, and small group discussions.
  • Group-Based: Join and learn alongside other participants from around the world.
  • Practical Case Studies: Develop skills through real-world exercises and small group discussions.
  • Certificates: Receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of a course.