Stakeholder dialogues in IWRM

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The Dialogic Change Model

The Dialogic Change Model introduced here allows for result-oriented, structured planning and implementation of a Stakeholder Dialogue. It is divided into four phases:

This division has proven helpful in taking all demands and requirements of the different phases of a dialogue process into account and preparing them adequately. The guiding principles of the model are based on the Dialogic Practices of voice, listen, respect and suspend. By using structured dialogue to create a space for collective intelligence, the model facilitates a process design that can be owned by all stakeholders.

A short story of the Dialogic Change Model

While supporting the 4C project, a cross-sector partnership between coffee traders, producer organizations and international civil society organizations the founder and Executive Director Petra K√ľnkel of the Collective Leadership Institute, identified the factors that make a cooperation project successful. She noticed that the focus of project management is top-heavy on structure and how important the quality of dialogue between project stakeholders is. Over the years she collected her experiences and developed a model that balances the ancient human knowledge of dialogue and collective intelligence with result-oriented process design and communication architecture. This is how the Dialogic Change Model was born.

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