Citizen Dialogue Centre | Active Citizens & Dialogue Activists
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Active Citizens & Dialogue Activists

At Citizen Dialogue Centre we believe that community is power.

Our communities influence our perspectives and shape our opportunities – this is true for our physical as well as online communities.

We have developed a voluntary Code of Conduct for our online community which we hope will provide the building blocks required to build a culture of dialogue, mutual respect and individual empowerment.

We acknowledge that there are varying levels of involvement from individuals within any community, and that these variations should not affect the rights and responsibilities of those individuals.

Within our community, an individual’s level of involvement is used to identify them as either an Active Citizen or a Dialogue Activist.

Active Citizens

We define Active Citizens to be individuals who are empowered and informed about their rights, and protect these as diligently as they fulfill their associated responsibilities.

From a practical perspective, Active Citizens are individuals who are already freely engaging the on issues faced by their communities. We identify these individuals as part of our research, or they find us. They are then invited to follow our social media channels and engage in our forums.

These individuals have not enrolled in our training program but form part of our broader community who, through their link with us, are able to receive relevant information and social media content, as well as learn from, and add value to our forum discussions.

The intended implication is that these Active Citizens will be better equipped to address the issues they are passionate about on their social media accounts, as well as helping us spread our messaging by sharing and engaging with our content.

“Active citizenship can be seen as an articulation of the debate over rights versus responsibilities… The implication is that an active citizen is one who fulfills both their rights and responsibilities in a balanced way.” – Wikipedia

“A person who actively takes responsibility and initiative in areas of public concern” – Oxford Dictionary

“As we understand it, active citizenship is a combination of knowledge, attitude, skills and actions that aim to contribute to building and maintaining a democratic society. Active Citizenship supports democratic cooperation that is based on the acceptance of universal human rights and the rule of law, values diversity and includes the whole community.” – Open Societies Foundation

Dialogue Activists

Dialogue Activists are volunteers who already care deeply about the issues we are confronting and give of their time and energy in an effort to effect sustainable change.

Dialogue Activists are Active Citizens who have committed to using the tools, training and support offered to educate and empower themselves to be more effective and skillful conflict mediators.

After a psychometric analysis, Dialogue Facilitators and will be given access to formal and informal training. Informal training consists of interactive, web based, evaluative, roleplay, animation and video training programmes. Our formal training programme consist of two consecutive courses.

The first course covers a standard conflict resolution and mediation curriculum over 8 modules. After completing the standard training, Dialogue Activists may choose to participate in 12 additional course modules to build their capacity for social conflict mediation and dialogue.

These Dialogue Activists also will have access to materials and information relevant to specific campaigns as well as the broader societal concerns which we are all working to address.