neighbors, citizens, and
immigrants of different
faiths and cultures
May 18, June 8th, July 27th
May 14th, June 11th, July 16th
May 20th, June 10th
Youth Dialogue Corps
Social Action Outreach Day and Graduation Wednesday, June 3rd
The Dialogue Project at
718-768-2175 for more
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Learn about our Community Partner
The Dialogue Project is a conflict transformation organization. Our mission is to develop mutual trust, relationships and partnerships among ourselves – long time citizens, new immigrants, Palestinians, Israelis and people of diverse faiths and cultures.
We explore differences and common values; the intersection of new immigrant traditions with our western cultures, and move from personal empowerment to community empowerment.
We identify issues & action projects that affect our lives in New York and our families in the Middle East. We cultivate a space where we choose to take a risk with each other, and the opportunity to practice: active and generous listening, reflection, Speaking from the “I” without attack, and acknowledgement.
We meet regularly and with commitment. We identify our contrasting views and we also learn how to make spaces for each other, as the unique humans we are.
Our ultimate goal is to move from personal empowerment to community empowerment, by enabling people to use dialogue skills to address areas of intergroup conflict in their communities.
The Dialogue Project is invited to communities around the country to help develop Speaking and Connecting Across Differences programs. This model dialogue gathers adults and youth who find that their neighborhood dynamics change as immigrant populations grow. We bring people into each other's sacred and meeting places, breaking through the isolation each community experiences. People from the stoops, prayer rugs, and pews learn how to surface our disagreements and find common universal values that they share.
Coffee & Conversation brings together new immigrants and long time citizens for face to face social meeting time, while practicing English Conversation Skills. This project grew out of the SPEAKING ACROSS DIFFERENCES dialogue program which brings immigrants and long time Italian, Irish, and Jewish residents together for a series of dialogues on values, ethics and fundamentalism. Visit http://on.fb.me/r5a2Jf for more!
2015 Youth DIalogue Corps Social Oureach Project and Graduation
Our phenomenal 2014-2015 Youth Dialogue Corps students engaged people on the streets of Brooklyn to ask what pressing issues they wanted to see talked about. Our diverse group of students also asked passerby to share and write one word or phrase in their language which was important for everyone to know.
|Who We Are
The Dialogue Project has been creating personal and community connections through dialogue since 2001. Participants are regular folks from every walk of life, a restaurant owner, student, social worker, clerk, teacher, and grandfather. Our board and program planning committees are comprised of a variety of local organizations and individual dialoguers representing a range of communities that are new to the dialogue process
What we do is simple and creates a space for non-violent alternatives to conflict. We establish guidelines for hearing and conversation. Through tools including “mirroring” exercises, speaking from the “I”, role play, and Playback Theatre (a vehicle used worldwide in areas of conflict), we learn the art of reflective listening—a way to exchange ideas and experiences while suspending prejudices and judgment.
Though dialoguers have varied experiences and worldviews, we are developing trust and deep affection for each other every day, as we learn to humanize the “other”. We challenge deeply held assumptions (our own and others), and develop skills that allow us to be agents for positive social change on our block, at the workplace and in our communities.
We do not debate or negotiate settlements, though we do examine our different ideas about how to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
main program areas include:
- Mid East Dialogues
- Public Educational Forums and
Interfaith Teach Ins.
- SPEAKING ACROSS DIFFERENCES
Since March of 2001, The Dialogue
Project has been actively engaged in
creating authentic social transformation
through sustainable monthly Dialogue
Circles. The population served through
programs is approximately 40% Arab and
non-Arab Muslims (immigrants and
citizens), 20% people of color and other
immigrant communities, and 40% long-term
residents and citizens, both white and
The Dialogue Project originated as
a response to the noticeable
estrangement that had manifested between
neighbors and co-workers in Brooklyn
after the violence of the Second
Intifada erupted in the Middle East
amongst Palestinians and Israelis. A
downtown Brooklyn teaching hospital with
many Muslim, Jewish and Arab students
and staff reported outbursts aimed at
“damned Arabs.” A teacher in a Cobble
Hill school reported that the Israeli
flag had been torn off an exhibit he had
prepared for International Day.
Everywhere people were speaking with
suspicion about “them” and the “other.”
In answer, Ms Kannry,
collaborating with other community and
faith leaders, convened a first public
Dialogue in March 2001, drawing over 150
Muslim and Christian Arabs, American
Jews, Non-Arab Muslims, Palestinians,
Israelis and others. “Dialogue” filled a
need in the community to understand
personal reactions to world events, and
offered a way to address deepening
tensions and fears that were being felt
close to home.
We are now fourteen years old and you
can learn about our ongoing activities
and the hundreds of people who are
engaged in active listening and dialogue
throughout this website.