Reflective Structure DialogueLeaders must know how to organize and support an environment for the expression of different values and world views.

Reflective Structure Dialogue (RSD) builds the capacity of communities and organizations to engage, live and thrive with their differences. By enabling people to have new conversations about the issues that matter deeply to them and remain in relationship, the approach creates a foundation for trust, resiliency and collaborative action.

The Fanning Institute offers a 14-hour Reflective Structured Dialogue training course for individuals desiring to convene and facilitate difficult conversations in their communities and organizations.

Course Content

  • Reflect on why communities must develop the capacity to have difficult conversations on polarizing issues
  • Learn the basic theory and practice of reflective, structured dialogue (RSD)
  • Experience RSD process
  • Learn how RSD leads to the creation of an environment where participants can have difficult conversations
  • Enhance understanding of conflict, polarization and change
  • Explore how you might use RSD or aspects of RSD in communities
  • “Behind ever belief is a story. Behind every story a person”.

For more information on the course or how RSD can assist community, contact senior public service associate Raye Rawls, J.D.