Social and political dialogue

Conflicts are part of human nature.  When managed constructively, they contribute to social progress. If they are not recognized and addressed in time, they can affect social coexistence and, in extreme cases, escalate into a scenario of violence. When a segment of the population denies legitimacy and advocates eliminating divergent democratic thinking, polarization becomes toxic: a destructive dynamic that also affects established democracies.

This action line offers tools for the analysis, management and transformation of conflicts, with a special emphasis on the case of Catalonia. The main tool for preventing or redirecting conflicts is dialogue: political dialogue at the institutional level and social dialogue at all levels of society.

The necessary conditions for a dialogue do not always exist, but we can always help promote them. Committing to dialogue requires what we have called “CARES”:

  • Curiosity to understand the reasoning of those who think differently, And:
  • REspect for all people, regardless of their positions, plus:
  • Self-criticism, because no one holds the absolute truth.

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