We invited high-school student leaders and faculty/staff mentors to join us at Woodlands Academy for a two-day dialogue training. This training equips students with the skills to navigate differences in ways that lead to greater understanding rather than conflict and division. Students
learned new tools to expand their capacity to deeply and actively listen, grow in self-knowledge and self-confidence in the face of difference, and become effective, responsible global citizens who live with critical consciousness, respect, compassion, reciprocity, authenticity, and hope. Along with being trained in these essential skills of civil discourse and dialogue, students also learn how to facilitate and mediate difficult conversations in their school communities with confidence, courage and grace. The training concluded with students brainstorming ways they can bring their new skills and tools to their communities along with across the Network.
We collaborated with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and their Generation Global Project,
to deliver this dialogue workshop with the purpose of “training the trainers”. The Tony Blair Institute lead this training with us as their approach to using dialogue to create attitudinal change and open-mindedness has been tested and proven through working with more than 450,000 students and 12,000 teachers from 35 countries. Not only does this training equip our communities with new skills and tools to navigate differences in our communities, but it also provide us with the opportunity to further generate a vision to tap into our global network.