Dialogue between people of different identities, which emphasizes self-expression and reciprocal listening without passing judgment,
leads to mutual learning. A Sincere dialogue is about people of different cultural identities seeking and reaching a mutual understanding
and respect that allows them to live and cooperate with each other in spite of their differences.
(1) Dialogue is an inclusive process. As the peace talks demonstrate, dialogue brings together a diverse set of voices to create
a microcosm of the larger society. To bring about sustainable change, people have to develop a sense of joint ownership of
the process and become stakeholders in identifying new approaches to address common challenge.
(2) Dialogue entails learning, not just talking. The process is not just about sitting around a table, but changing the way people talk,
think and communicate with one another. Participants must be willing to address the root causes of a crisis, not just the symptoms
on the surface.
(3) Dialogue stresses a long-term perspective. Other forms of conversation tend to focus on the symptoms rather than the root
causes of problems. To find sustainable solutions requires time and patience.