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Tips - Dialogue

Young people’s involvement and leadership is central to creating sustainable community change. But many community groups run into problems when they try to engage young people in their work. Here, we lay out solutions to some of the most common issues.
Your community has a story to tell, and video could be the best way to tell it. Video can be more captivating than stills or text.  Check out this guide to help you get started on using video to tell your community's story.
Images help bring your story to life and you can use them on almost all your promotional materials. If your program is just getting started, you can use stock photos. If you have your own, you can edit them using free tools available online.
Animated media offers a break from text and stills. You can create a video from photos you took at an event, or you can use a video camera to take some action shots and interviews of participants. If you’re interested in putting together a video, these tools can help you.
A website or blog can help you spread the word about your dialogues, post pictures and stories from your events, and share your success with your community and potential funders. The task of setting up and maintaining a website can seem daunting, but these tools will have you reaching out to your community in no time.  
When you're in the early stages of planning dialogues, it can be easy to get stuck and not know what's stalling your progress. Here are six common traps that can prevent you from making real change, and ways to avoid them.
Social media can help support your program’s efforts, and it is possible to have an active community online. However, there are some common pitfalls you need to avoid in order to keep the discussion going.
Here are some examples of successful community social media efforts.  
Staying connected with participants and community members can help maintain the momentum of your program and should be part of your communications plan. Explore six ways to share information, along with examples of how other dialogue to change programs are using these communication tools.
Using social media in community programs can be a low cost alternative to help recruit participants and spread the word about your success. Check out these tips to help you make the most of social media in your project.
Collective action and change often begin after the round of dialogues, when participants pool their action ideas. Check out these tips to help you gather action ideas from the community.
Communities are made up of many kinds of people, and often times a significant population speaks a language other than English. In order to have an inclusive dialogue, it's important to offer interpretation services. Here are some tips for successful interpretation in your dialogues.
Engaging young people in community efforts can be easier said than done. Check out our list of ten common challenges, along with possible solutions you can implement right away.
As diverse we are racially, ethnically and culturally, we are also very diverse in how we learn. Check out these tips to help you develop discussion materials that will make your dialogues more inclusive of varying learning styles and literacy levels.
Tips to help facilitate small group dialogues to help your community in its effort to champion change.
Organizing a dialogue to change program isn't always easy, but you don't have to do it alone. Check out some of these free tools that can help you along the way.
Advance planning can help any program run smoothy. This is a review of some things to keep in mind when organizing your dialogues.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.