The Field of Dialogue Foundation was established with the aim of supporting public participation and facilitating dialogue. The Foundation's guiding values include a sense of their action, knowledge, ingenuity, sensitivity, and reliability.
Mission and Purpose
The Field of Dialogue Foundation aims to support the participation of citizens in public life and to create tools to facilitate dialogue. What drives them to action are social goals deemed important and the joy which results from working together. The values that accompany the Foundation in their daily work are a sense of their action, knowledge, ingenuity, sensitivity and reliability. They aim to follow these values by conducting classes and training, carrying out social research, supporting dialogue and animating cooperation between institutions and citizens.
Origins and Development
The Foundation was created in a team of five sociologists from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw as a result of the project "Civic Participation: diagnosis of barriers and development of tools supporting good governance" (2008-2011). Experience of joint work for local communities and building conditions for deep understanding among various actors of local social life resulted in a sense of a strong and clear mission. We set ourselves the goal of using sociological knowledge and research workshop for practical purposes - as opposed to strictly scientific - goals. From the very beginning we have engaged in our work commitment, empathy, openness and respect towards everyone participant of social life.
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
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Specializations, Methods and Tools
The Field of Dialogue Foundation aims to create a space for a real dialogue in which different points of view meet. They design and conduct social consultations and other participatory processes, workshops, facilitation, discussion games, meetings and debates. Through these methods, they animate cooperation and reach a jointly set goal.
They also design and conduct evaluations, diagnoses of needs, participation audits and other social research. Further, they gather knowledge that explains correlations, dependencies and answers relevant puzzles and questions.
They provide knowledge and skills that are useful in action, offering group and individual training. They teach through experience.
Major Projects and Events
- Pozarządownik Szkolny - is a program addressed to Warsaw secondary schools, in which we support educational institutions in establishing cooperation with local NGOs. We create an educational card game introducing good examples of activities of social organizations to schools;
- Wawerskie Centrum Pomysłości - based on the results of the conducted social research, we develop and test in practice the mechanism of networking and support of Wawer ingenuity. We want to create a system whose goal will be to help create and implement initiatives that increase comfort and satisfaction with life in Wawer;
- Pole dla pomysłów - we support the inhabitants of Żoliborz, social activists and everyone who wants to change something for the better in the district. We have created and tested a mechanism for networking and supporting ingenuity, i.e. to put it simply - a system that will help all people who have ideas to improve their lives in Żoliborz to bring them to a happy implementation;
- Szkolny budżet partycypacyjny - we are testing the participatory budget mechanism in eight Warsaw schools: four primary and four secondary schools. Based on the pilot, we will develop recommendations for other local governments on how to introduce school participatory budgets;
- Urban inventiveness. A study of the trajectory of grassroots initiatives of the citizens of Warsaw;
- Public consultations of Michałowski Park and the surroundings.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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1) Chabiera A., Chodacz W., Jagaciak M., Pliszczyńska K., Wojcieszak M., School participatory budget - tips for beginners. The Field of Dialogue Foundation, The Laboratory of Social Research and Innovation Foundation "Stocznia", Warsaw 2019;
2) Sadura P., Sierakowski S., Political Cynicism The case of Poland. The Field of Dialogue Foundation, Institute of Advanced Studies, Warsaw 2019;
3) Ostrowska M., Urbanik A., Rothimel B., Skrobot M., Activities involving residents in the process of creating a concept for the development of Michałowski Park and the surroundings. Report, The Field of Dialogue Foundation, Warsaw 2018;
4) Tadeusiak-Jeznach K., Ostrowska M., Golan M., Activities involving residents in the process of creating a concept for the development of the square between Letnia Street and Kamienna Street. Report, The Field of Dialogue Foundation, Warsaw 2018;
5) Urbanik A., Summary report of the citizens' debates "Poland friendly to bees", The Field of Dialogue Foundation for Greenpeace Poland, Warsaw 2017;
6) Sadura P., Murawska K., Włodarczyk Z., Polish countryside 2017: diagnosis and forecast. Survey report, The Field of Dialogue Foundation for Rural Development Foundation, Warsaw 2017;
7) Gołdys A., Piekutowski J., Szaranowicz-Kusz M., Urban inventiveness. A study of the trajectory of the implementation of grassroots initiatives of the citizens of Warsaw. Research report, The Field of Dialogue Foundation, Warsaw 2017.
See more at: https://poledialogu.org.pl/category/publikacje/(in Polish)
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