Canadian School of Peacebuilding

The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: A Practical, Hands-On Guide

By Lisa Schirch and David Campt

The word "dialogue" suffers from over-use, yet its practice is as transforming and as freshly hopeful as ever.

Authors Schirch and Campt demonstrate dialogue's life and possibilities in this clear and absorbing manual: "Dialogue allows people in conflict to listen to each other, affirm their common ground, and explore their differences in a safe environment."

The Little Book is a to-the-point handbook, covering:

  • "Dialogue vs. Debate"
  • "When to use dialogue"
  • "Key dialogue facilitation skills"
  • "Inviting people to a dialogue process"
  • "Moving from dialogue to action"
  • "Assessing the effectiveness of dialogue"

Schirch has worked throughout the Southern hemisphere in peacebuilding projects. Campt has focused on racial and class reconciliation in American cities. Many of the skills and the case studies they offer in this book come from their own wide experiences.