How D3 can help you

If, in your organization, your community or another context, you are facing a challenge that requires people of different backgrounds and perspectives to work effectively together, we can help you

  • Engage people in a way that establishes credibility, trust and a sense of co-responsibility.
    The D3 team is experienced in working across boundaries, such as sectors, ethnicities and political divides, in ways that help people feel respected and willing to try working together on common issues.  We know how to bring people into dialogue by interacting dialogically, with transparency, authenticity, inquiry and empathy.  
  • Work with the group to develop an action strategy based on shared understanding of context, purpose and the assumptions that are guiding strategic choices.  
    D3 provides support for creative co-intelligence in groups with “thinking tools” drawn from various disciplines, depending on the specific situation and issues.  These tools help focus and sharpen strategic thinking about the context in which the group is working, its collective purpose, and the guiding assumptions and logic behind potential strategies and action plans.
  • Design a strategy implementation process that incorporates assessment and reflection, to support timely course corrections and enhance effectiveness. 
    Initiatives that involve working with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives have a particular need for collective self-evaluation in order to maintain the shared understanding that is the basis for coordinated action. D3 professionals are knowledgeable in designing and supporting the kind of action-oriented inquiry that enables resilient, adaptive implementation of strategy.
  • Work with the group to develop capacities for dialogue, deliberation and strategic thinking. 
    D3 brings extensive experience in the design and delivery of workshops and longer-term programs specifically aimed at building the skills and capacities needed to participate in or lead dialogic change processes.  Our approach helps people learn to recognize and work with the psychological, behavioral, cultural and structural/systemic influences on individual and institutional capacities for collective thinking and action.    
  • Deal with polarization or difficult relationships that may limit potential effectiveness. 
    D3 professionals have on-the-ground experience with relationship challenges ranging from organizational rivalries to the aftermath of violent conflict.  We have the skills and process understanding to help create the conditions for communication across divides, the necessary first step toward cooperation.  
  • Design and carry out a process for larger-scale public engagement, if that is called for. 
    We at D3 are conversant with a wide variety of process approaches and process tools, which we can draw on to develop process designs that are tailored to specific circumstances and objectives.  This can include broad public engagement, for example, with informal spaces such as community cafes, or more formal approaches to deliberative democracy Such as National Issues Forums.

If your organization or team needs to review and learn from its own experience or the work of others, we can help you

  • Carry out a rigorous, participatory, reflective evaluation process. 
  • Develop case studies or learning histories.
    D3 has a strong track record in capturing and systematizing learning from dialogue processes and other change initiatives, including the publication of Democratic Dialogue – A Handbook for Practitioners (2007), which is based on a large body of case materials from institutions around the world.
  • Design and carry out a group reflection and learning process.
    D3 professionals have conducted hundreds of reflective interviews and produced dozens of case studies and learning histories. We bring these skills and experience together with our expertise in process design to create powerful learning opportunities for project teams and practitioner communities and project teams.