Deliberative Dialogue Blog: Part One

The following is part one of a three-part blog series by Sharyn Lowenstein, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning at Lasell College. What is deliberative dialogue? Deliberative dialogue is a structured discussion on pressing social issues in which participants explore the prevalence, severity, and parameters of an issue and then explore ways of addressing it through three or more options. The goal is to learn together, understand one’s own personal stake, look at the issue and its possible treatment from multiple perspectives, weigh the pros and cons of each option, and, if possible, come to a…

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