A chart to use when explaining the difference between Dialogue and Debate and to leave up in the room during the dialogue process to remind participants when they have moved into a debate, rather than a dialogue.​​


This process draws on an historic indigenous tradition practiced in North America. Using a “Talking Piece” or Talking Stick that is passed from person to person, participants pass or speak without interruption. The “Talking Piece” slows down the process, encouraging deeper listening especially to more quiet voices. 


Dialogues Across Differences: Coming Together in Uncertain Times (The FutureWork Institute)

This presentation was used with clients after the 2016 election to enable participants in the session to express what they were feeling and learning from speaking with others who voted differently, and then to practice generous listening in dialogues with others with opposing views.

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Race Matters: Breaking the Silence in the Workplace I  (The FutureWork Institute)

This presentation was used for the Race Dialogue FWI/iMCI held on the ON24 Platform with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations on the subject of breaking the silence around race in the workplace. Please contact if you would like access to the OnDemand version.

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Race Matters: Breaking the Silence in the Workplace II-Examples of Responses from Nine Organizations           (The FutureWork Institute)

This presentation was the second in the series of Race Matters Dialogues. We have included slides from the last section where nine organizations discussed what they were doing to break the silence in the workplace around race: AT&T (See video on Advocacy page); WL Gore; Unilever; Sodexo; Delhaize America; Boehringer Ingelheim; BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island;YWCA and United Way.

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Race and Trauma in the Workplace During the Age of #BlackLivesMatter (The Winters Group)

A panel of consultants from The Winters Group share personal reactions and comment on how to deal with race and trauma with many participating in the chat box. The presentation also includes results of the survey where respondents talk about their personal reactions, and manifestations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the workplace since its founding in 2013.

Reexamining Race and Trauma in the Workplace: A Practicum (The Winters Group)

In this second part of the series, a panel of consultants take a deeper dive into the impact of trauma adding Dr. Danielle Busby, PhD, a trauma expert,  to the discussion. The discussion focuses on race-based traumatic stress and some theoretical and historical background related to slavery, the civil rights era, etc.  It also covers a range of ways that individuals can respond too trauma.

Healing After the Election: Restoring Our Quest for Inclusion (The Winters Group)

This session, facilitated by Mary-Frances Winters, took place right after the election to give participants a chance to express their emotions after the surprising election results and to start the healing process in our quest for inclusion.

Managing Through Times of Fear (Cook Ross)

In this webinar, Howard Ross and Roslyn Taylor O'Neale lead a discussion covering a number of questions: How is fear impacting you? How do you see the world? How do we break the cycle and move forward?

 Managing the Diversity Dynamics in Our Politics           (Cook Ross)

This webinar, facilitated by Howard Ross, discussed the growing rifts between the various political parties, the connection to our identity and emotions and how this impacts the dynamics in society and the workplace. it also responds to the question of how we can bridge these growing divisions.

Race in the Workplace: Ways to Move Forward                   (Cook Ross)
This webinar explores the dynamics that make the conversation about race in the workplace difficult and offers techniques for a path forward. it discusses:

The challenges: Why don't we talk about race in the workplace? 
The Benefits:
Why should we talk about race in the workplace?
The Impact: How does race show up in the workplace?
The Path Forward: What do we need to know about each other?How do we have effective engaging conversations on race?

#No More Transphobia in the Workplace (Cook Ross)
Howard J. Ross and Allyson Dylan Robinson hosted a webinar to discuss transgender concerns in the workplace and the world, and take questions from the audience.

Women and Race: A Courageous Conversation 
Leslie Traub and Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale led a meaningful exploration into the dynamics of cross-race relationships among women, constructing a path towards individual and collective wholeness and collaboration. The webinar highlighted some of the historical challenges between white women and women of color, how to more effectively approach each other, and what to do and not do in establishing ally-ship.

Navigating Islamaphobia in the Workplace (Cook Ross)

In this webinar, Howard Ross and Lobna “Luby” Ismail address the rising tide of Islamophobia that is all around us. “Navigating Islamophobia in the Workplace” looks at the impact of the current cultural environment, both on Muslim employees and on other employees’ attitudes toward Muslims, and offers suggestions on how to create healthy ways to constructively deal with these issues.

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There are many different approaches to conducting dialogues across differences. We hope the tools below will allow you to choose the one that best fits your organization.

A Simple Dialogue Process:  Head, Heart and Hands

HeartShift: How are we feeling?                            

MindShift: What are we learning?                   

SkillShift: What can we do?

Welcome to the Inclusion Allies Coalition, founded by a group of D&I firms and practitioners who believe we become stronger allies for those who feel marginalized when we join forces around dialogue, education, and advocacy. The resources below have been contributed by Coalition Members to encourage Dialogues Across Differences as we each strive to become stronger Inclusion Allies.

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