Through dialogue, people with different backgrounds, interests, and opportunities, get the chance to meet and inspire each other. Attending one of our English language dialogues is the perfect way to discover Utrecht and its inhabitants. We host Dialogues in English, beginners Dutch, and mixed languages – find out more below!
Getting to Know Each Other
In dialogue you learn about others, and discover things about yourself and others. Every conversation is an opportunity to learn from our differences. By talking to each other and listening to other perspectives, we can come to understand each other better, form lasting relationships, and work on a strong community with room for differences.
Although Utrecht is an old city, it’s always full of new arrivals. Utrecht in Dialogue aims to connect newcomers and longtime residents for conversations and shared inquiry on actual issues. Whether you’ve just moved to the region or have lived here all your life, you’re welcome to join an English language Dialogue and get to know your fellow residents.
What exactly is a dialogue?
A dialogue is a constructive way of talking with others – of appreciating differences and exploring themes from different perspectives to reach new insights. The basis of any dialogue is a willingness to listen, and inviting others to speak. Everyone enjoys equal standing, everyone participates, and everyone’s input counts.
Would you like to take part in a dialogue? You’re always welcome! Here is an overview of the upcoming English-language dialogues. Take a look, and be sure to sign up.
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What do you think about connecting with the other? Who is this other and how do you forge genuine connections with other people? Discover and explore this theme with us in Griftpark; young, old, and new participants. Everyone is welcome! Sign up online.
How do you eat healthy? Or do you find yourself indulging? Do you have trouble choosing the food that is best for your body, or find it hard balancing your diet? We’re sure you’re not the only one! Share your story, concerns, and hopes with other people who are learning Dutch, and listen to the stories of others. Sign up online.
To conclude the dialogue season in Griftsteede, we will discuss Light on December 6th. We start with a light vigil outside, share experiences, and what we want to change in the future. With a potluck meal we share food and actions for peaceful change. Everybody is welcome! Bring also your neighbours, family, friends, and how about some food to share too! Sign up online.
In this cold holiday season, we are looking for warmth and connection. We long for connection with others, the warm circle of people that we have around us. What does this mean to you? How actively are you looking for new groups and circles? What do you need to find those, or expand them? Join us at the central library as we discuss ‘belonging’ to gather new insights and find connection. Sign up online.
Interested in a good conversation on the Maliebaan? Want to try your hand facilitating a dialogue? The Dialogue House at Maliebaan 45 is a great place to practice running a dialogue table, or to brainstorm new topics for discussion. Join us every first Wednesday of the month from 19:30 to 22:30 at Maliebaan 45. Sign up online.
Learning to facilitate a dialogue
Ever wonder how can you encourage an engaging conversation about sensitive topics? How can you ask the right questions and provide the right structure that allows others to open their hearts? In the workshop ‘Learning to facilitate a dialogue’ we give you the tools to do this. Interested in this workshop?
Please read more and sign up for the training aimed at people who have attended one or more dialogues, and who would like to facilitate a dialogue.
Have you followed the training and would you like to facilitate a dialogue? We are looking for facilitators >>>
Utrecht in Dialoog has a growing team of English-speaking volunteers and dialogue facilitators, who contribute to the future of this town through stimulating and facilitating dialogue. Interested? Join one of our dialogues or come to the Dialogue House held monthly at Maliebaan 45!
Would you like to become more actively involved to make a difference, learn more on how to come to dialogue, or build a network in town? Do you have time to volunteer, and want to discover the city and its inhabitants? Read how you as a volunteer can help us to bring communities together.
Would you like to join the team and help us organise more events? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.