Speed Dialogue

This manual gives ideas and advice to help readers use speed dialogue to bring people together for worthwhile conversations, whether as part of other events or as the focus of an event.

ISBN: 978-0-9557349-7-7

This manual will help you to use a simple but effective activity to bring people together for worthwhile conversations. In speed dialogue, people are allocated a short time to talk one-to-one with a dialogue partner before moving on to have similar short conversations with a series of others. It is, in the experience of the Dialogue Society, an excellent way to help people to overcome barriers of shyness and difference. It could be used in a variety of contexts, either as part of a larger event, or as the central focus of an event

This manual is part of a series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals developed by the Dialogue Society to encourage interaction between members of different communities.

About Community Dialogue Manuals

The primary aim of the series is to help people to bring their communities together through a number of approaches and events that the Dialogue Society has found successful. We have always found that the most successful events have been those with clear objectives and where attention has been paid to detail.

The Dialogue Society launched its series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals to encourage interaction between members of different communities. The manuals provide tangible ideas, know-how, and resources to both motivate and support people and groups to reach out to one another and strengthen social cohesion.

The Community Dialogue Manuals suggest 65+ ideas and projects (35+ are detailed and dialogue related), total 650 pages, contain 100+ sample documents and include 200+ references to other helpful websites and resources.

Aims and Objectives:

  1. To encourage and support individuals and groups to engage in dialogue
  2. To provide an “ice-breaker,” helping people to overcome shyness, reserve and barriers of difference and get into meaningful conversations
  3. To provide a tool for productive networking between different local organisations, encouraging fruitful partnerships
  4. To provide a tool to help people to get to know each other
  5. To help structure the exchange of ideas within a group in a way that allows each person to express their own thoughts and to hear and discuss a range of other perspectives
  6. To provide strategies, tips, advice and know-how for organising successful speed dialogue events
  7. To encourage the opening up of different communities to one another
  8. To promote friendship, conversation and support within local communities

Who Is This Manual For?

  • Community groups and charities looking for ways to encourage friendship and discussion within the local community
  • Faith groups looking for ways to engage with other faith/community groups
  • Organisations working with groups of young people looking for useful icebreakers and ways to promote discussion
  • Organisations that routinely organise medium to large scale events and are interested in maximising networking opportunities
  • Organisations and groups of any kind looking to bring people together regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, culture, religion etc