Civil Dialogue: Peer conversations among unlikely equals

Horizontal collaboration where participating stakeholders are engaged as equals and are both motivated and required to give and receive, adding value to all parties in the relationship.

We connect groups at extreme opposites and bring them together to learn about and appreciate each other through open conversations, guided interactions and joint activities.

Our main conversation initiatives are among:

  • Dominican and Haitian youth.
  • Japanese and Haitian youth.
  • Dominican and Washington, DC. youth.
  • Middle East and Caribbean female youth.
  • At risk youth groups from Bel Air, Port-au-Prince and Washington, DC economically disadvantaged youth.

We seek to promote harmony among them through direct interaction, joint projects and share  activities where each party learns from each other and collaborates on common goals.

We deliberately avoid the initiatives to be perceived as aid programs and the conventional condescending relationship where one party benefits from the other and one give and another receives. We believe everyone has a lot to give, teach and share and we enable the collaborative platform and logistics to allow each party to add value and generate shared value.

Some of these activities include:

  • Bi-lingual t-shirts for sale with messages in Spanish, Haitian Creole, English and Japanese. (2013)
    • Messages and translations provided by Eden Quayle, Yuka Tanaka, John Engle, Alex Myrill, Merline Engle and Mariam Yazdani.
    • Designs by Nahomi Sánchez.
  • Speaking on social impact through social media to Venezuelan youth ambassadors in Washington, DC. (2013)
    • Videoconference by Carlos Miranda Levy.
  • Haitian and Dominican youth encounters with Singaporean Social Entrepreneur and photographer Robin Low. (2013)
  • Connecting students in Washington, DC with rural students in the Dominican Republic. (2012)
    • Flying kites and Skype conversations on 2012.
      • Cathy Healy, from Chavez Prep Schools coordinated in Washington, Angie Díaz from Plan International coordinated in Dominican Republic.
      • Celestino González assisted in video, photography and engagement activities.
  • Video-conference on gender issues with Haitian and Dominican youth (2012)
  • Connecting students in Japan with students in Haiti: Haitian and Japanese youth recorded and sent a video and pictures to each other. (2011)
    • Eden Quayle coordinated in Japan, Carlos Miranda Levy, Danel Georges and Emeline Dessert in Haïti.
  • Social and Education workshops at remote communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. (2007)
    • Workshops and visits by Carlos Miranda Levy, Laura Díaz and Sandra Acebey.