Creating Welcoming Spaces:
Examples from Local Dialogues

ECUADOR - Read Full Case Study

“Not everyone could turn on their computer because of connectivity, so instead we all turned off our cameras. One of the activities was like ‘imitate the movement’ so you say your name and you make a movement, the next person repeats your name and your movement and then says their name and makes their movement, but what we did instead of using movements, was to make sounds, so you had to listen and be present and also play.” 

 

 

COASTAL KENYA  - Read Full Case Study

“For the dialogues to be successful, a conducive environment is needed. Having dialogues in the landscape where policymakers can practically see the challenges by even visiting some farms make them understand the problems better for their action.  Dialogues should not be done in big hotels, and should be a continuous process.” For Chemuku, having their dialogue in the environments where people grew the food that was being discussed and sharing food together was a way to create a welcoming and meaningful space. 

 

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This relationship-building was also supported by ending each dialogue with “salo-salo” or sharing a virtual lunch. “Communities prepared their traditional foods and presented it to the rest of the audience. Communities sang, and participants kept their cameras on while eating, so that there was a virtual but simultaneous meal in our respective locations. And so there was a communal sense even if it was online.”