Global Dialogues combines the creative genius of young people and the power of social-change media to cultivate empathy, compassion and unity in diversity. The Global Dialogues process amplifies youth voice in an innovative, intercreative programme of social mobilization and global activism. Global Dialogues envisions a healthy, peaceful world in which an empathetic and compassionate humanity flourishes in a spirit of equality and unity in diversity.
The Global Dialogues process, steadily expanded and enhanced since the project began in 1997, includes five interconnected, mutually reinforcing components:
Youth voice & social mobilization – Global Dialogues outreach teams operating at community level and online engage young people in innovative, participatory activities designed to stimulate and amplify youth voice. In international contests, young people express themselves by creating stories, or narratives, on global public health issues and other topics of crucial importance to our world.
Social media for change – Through creative collaboration, or “intercreativity”, young people’s stories are brought to life as Global Dialogues films or theatre presentations, made available in numerous languages, and distributed freely at community level, on the Internet and on television, reaching hundreds of millions of people every year.
The generation of new knowledge on young people’s perspectives through narrative inquiry. The stories created by young people in Global Dialogues activities are systematically studied to gain new insights into their thoughts and feelings, concerns and dreams, challenges and solutions.
Local and global activism – Global Dialogues artistic productions, as well as the new knowledge generated through narrative analysis, are applied to improve policy and programmes at multiple levels.
Rigorous monitoring and evaluation and open sharing of lessons and outputs.
The essence of Global Dialogues is broad-based, multidisciplinary partnership. Since inception, the project has focused on generating, maintaining and continually expanding an international network of singularly committed partners and on fostering synergies between them. Young people, and in particular those who are most vulnerable, form the heart of the Global Dialogues team. They are supported by leading specialists in a wide variety of interrelated fields.
Global Dialogues envisions a healthy, peaceful world in which an empathetic and compassionate humanity flourishes in a spirit of equality and unity in diversity.
To promote global public health and societal well-being through integrated, youth-driven solutions fueled by creativity and multidisciplinary partnership.
Secure Base supports Global Dialogues on both strategic and practical levels, particularly in helping to build bridges of collaboration with other individuals and organisations.
The work of Secure Base is invaluable to Global Dialogues, and it has been for years now. The Secure Base team supports Global Dialogues in unique ways, namely by helping us to see and to cultivate mutually beneficial linkages with other organisations and by broadening our engagement with concepts and ideas that could enhance our work. Having Secure Base in our lives is like having a master chef in our kitchen, encouraging us to blend new ingredients in innovative ways to create possibilities that we had never even imagined.
~Daniel Enger, Executive Director, Global Dialogues