Dialogue Evening

What is the Dialogue Evening project about?

Dialogue evenings are an initiative of collaboratio helvetica, which invites the Swiss population to a lively and meaningful exchange on socially relevant topics.

A Dialogue Evening is a 3-hour event moderated by a host team that guides the participants through a conversation around the topic. The host team consists of an experienced collaboratio helvetica facilitator and a local person. The desired number of participants is between 8 and 18 persons. Every Dialogue relates to an SDG topic (e.g. gender equality, fair work, environment, etc.). These themes can vary and are chosen according to local needs and interests.

All interested and curious people from a local community are cordially invited to participate. During the dialogue evening, the participants go through a process that helps them to connect with the topic on a personal level, to reflect together and to gain new insights from it. Furthermore, the method also opens up new social perspectives and solutions for the relevant topics by using the collective intelligence and perception of the group.

What is the vision behind?

Ultimately, the Dialogue evenings intend to sensitise people from all regions of Switzerland - urban and rural - to the challenges of our time and to offer them the opportunity for active participation. At the same time, we offer a space for Dialogue skills acquisition, and aim at widening and normalising Dialogue as a method in Switzerland.

In collaboratio helvetica, we want to test the assumption that we should expect less from our titles, ideologies or technology but more from each other as human beings. We want to open spaces in which we can enter into authentic, honest and human dialogues in order to strengthen local social cohesion and encourage different actors to act more together. Imagine that neighbors, local governments, businessmen, parents, teachers, children and pensioners come together to think about key issues, have meaningful conversations and find effective conclusions that shape their own context.

Do you want to host a Dialogue Evening?

Would you like to have a Dialogue with your work team? Family? Coworking space? Community? Classmates? Dialogue Evenings are an opportunity for anyone to create a space of meaningful exchange around a topic that matters to him/her/them. The host will provide the venue for the event, and it will be supported by 1 or 2 collaboratio helvetica facilitators. If you want to host a Dialogue Evening, sign up here: 


Special Dialogue Evening series with municipalities and their inhabitants - become a host!

Is your municipality:

  • Blocked on certain topics and you wish to see more Dialogue around them instead?

  • Facing an important step in its development and would you’d like to involve various affected voices to gain new insights on their issues and potential solutions?

  • In need of a opportunities for genuine civil participation to build trust and strengthen its sense of community and civil participation?

Then why not host a Dialogue Evening with our support! (Find more information in the flyers below.)


Would you like to Facilitate Dialogues?

Our first Dialogue Training starts on October 20th 2018. Read everything you need to know on our Dialogue Training page

Upcoming Dialogue Evenings:

Our Dialogue Evening topics so far

SDGs and Social Lab related topics as well as individual topics, co-developed with the local hosts:

  • Learning to stay with the trouble

  • How to think in times of societal urgency

  • Exploring Gender Equality

  • Fairplay at Work

  • What is Regenerative Travel?

  • Über die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter (Teil 2)

  • A dialogue about how to think in times of urgencies

  • Exploring sustainable consumption (Lausanne)

  • Sustainable consumption (Geneva, Bern)

  • Exploring sustainable consumption (Lausanne)

  • Dialogue Evening by the Imperfect Circle: Go queer or go home – Our lives beyond normativity!

  • Can work be regenerative?


The connection between the Dialogue Evenings and the Social Labs:

Dialogue Evenings are the equivalent of the Social Lab at a local level. We will run Dialogue Evenings on questions related to the Quests of the Social Labs in different locations all over Switzerland, in order to involve the Swiss population in meaningful conversations around these topics. The output from these events directly feeds into the Social Labs, further advancing the discussion. Further, Dialogue Evenings are an opportunity for the host venue to establish a connection with the local community and position themselves as a forum where ideas, thoughts and feelings can be exchanged.