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Delia Windwalker
617-923-1216 x 10


18 September 2014 at 8:00 AM 
20 September at 5:00 PM 

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Hamline University Minneapolis
1600 Utica Avenue, Suite 700
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

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The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

The Power of Dialogue (POD) is a highly interactive workshop for practitioners, leaders, and others interested in transforming conflicted conversations. Participants will build upon and expand their facilitation skills to create conversations that foster mutual understanding between groups and individuals divided by deep differences.


  • The dynamics of polarization and conflict, including the effects of strong emotion on our capacity for communication
  • The difference between the intent and impact of speaking
  • Ways of speaking, listening, and asking questions that open up conversation and relationships
  • Core components of Reflective Structured Dialogue


  • A “dialogic” mindset: the ability to create a space for multiple complex or conflicting views
  • Questions for personal reflection, opening dialogue and shaping conversation


  • The process of dialogue—preparing participants, planning, facilitating, and participating—via an extended dialogue simulation
  • The power of connecting with practitioners from different fields who are committed to transforming conflicted conversations

Trainers are  Robert Stains and Sallyann Roth.


Regular Fee $700
Early Bird Special (ends 27 August): $600 
NCDD  & NAFCM members $550
Bring-a-friend $450

For other sliding scale, discount, and scholarship information please contact us at training@publicconversations.org or call 617-923-1216 x 10

Fee includes preparation materials & interviews, workshop & materials, light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch each day.
Lodging is not included.
Discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.

Please register by 8 September. 

The Public Conversations Project's workshops have limited enrollments. Continuing Education credits are available through NASW, NBCC and MAMFT for a $25  fee.  

Any of our workshops can be adapted and customized to bring to your community or organization. For more information, assistance, or to inquire about registration after the deadline, please contact training@publicconversations.org.


Workshop Policies

Payment Policy: Your space is guaranteed only upon receipt of full payment. Once payment is received, we will email you further workshop information.

If  You must Cancel: please do so as far in advance as possible. Cancellations are subject to a $25 administration fee plus an additional $25 to process credit card refunds (if you paid by credit card). To receive any refund your cancellation must be made at least 2 weeks before the course date. Public Conversations is under no obligation to offer any refund or credit if you cancel within two weeks of a workshop. If you need to cancel due to a medical emergency, your local weather conditions, or any other reason please call Delia Windwalker at (617) 923-1216 ext. 10.

Substitutions: If you cannot attend and wish to send someone in your place, contact Delia Windwalker at (617) 923-1216 ext. 10. You must be ready to register your substitute at the time of your call. Substitutions must be made at least 5 days in advance. The new participant must complete the registration and preparation processes that are unique to each workshop.

If We Cancel: In very rare instances, Public Conversations must cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, faculty illness or weather. In the very unlikely event that  we have to cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, we will give you at least 3 weeks notice. If we cancel due to faculty illness, we will contact you as far in advance as possible. If we cancel a workshop at the last minute due to weather, we will contact you using the email address provided in your registration. If there is a severe storm warning in the area of the workshop venue, we will cancel by 4:00 pm the day before. If the workshop is canceled, we will issue you a full refund. No administration fees will be charged if we cancel a workshop. We cannot be responsible for travel losses.

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