What is Dialogic Decision-Making?

Dialogic Decision-Making invites participation in the considerations before a decision is made…

The many parts of any organization are all inherently inter-dependent. Decisions and activities in one division or level of hierarchy affect people in another, directly or indirectly. Only hearing about relevant decisions after they have been made leads people to feel excluded and more critical. Dialogic Decision-Making invites participation in the considerations before a decision is made. Whenever and wherever feasible those affected by a decision are included and can think with those who will decide, rather than being told. They can add their perspective and experience, thus becoming more supportive of the decisions and their implementation.


Mine Bolgil (UK) is Vice President Commercial at Air bp  She is an experienced commercial leader with expertise in supply and trading of natural gas, oil products and biofuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Her strength lies in leading global teams and managing business interfaces to deliver integrated value. Mine first encountered dialogue at work in bp 20 years ago and attributes her professional success to her specialist knowledge and her expertise in the skilful use of dialogue to bring stakeholders to the table to address a need together.

David Robinson (USA), Chief of Corrections Operations at Virginia Department of Corrections since 2011, is a seasoned and astute decision-maker. He leads operations for the 42 prison facilities and 43 probation & parole offices throughout the state. His 30-year career has taken him from line-level staff to warden, regional director, and now Deputy Director and Chief of Operations. A strong advocate of Dialogue, he has embedded dialogic skills into business practices, procedures and staff training, and is now extending dialogue training to incarcerated inmates.

Markus Reisle (Switzerland), Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (since 2003), Chief of Staff for the Division of Multilateral Affairs and NGOs. His glittering dialogic career encompasses the Swiss and European Red Cross organizations, and work in the GFMD on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (2018). Markus recently returned to Switzerland after four years in the Swiss Mission to the UN, New York, as main facilitator for resolutions on operational activities for development cooperation, that guide the whole UN development system.

Efrain Jimenez (Mexico, USA) Coordinator, National Network of Mexican Migrant Federations and Organizations in the United States. This lively whatsapp dialogic network convenes 95 umbrella organizations representing 900 hometown associations doing philanthropic work in Mexico and USA, and tackles social, financial and political issues. Born in Mexico, Efrain migrated to USA 20 years ago, and is best known for institutionalizing the Tres por Uno hometown development funding programme. He is a Steering Committee member for the UN’s Global Forum for Migration and Development civil society days.

Participatory Dialogues announced so far

During the conference you have the opportunity to engage in over 50 Participatory Dialogues. These sessions expand on the theme for the day in small groups of 15 to 25 people and are co-facilitated by Accredited Professional Dialogue Practitioners and other carefully selected individuals. Here are a handful to whet your appetite…

  • Timo Nevalainen (Finland) and Ismo Huusko (Finland)
    How to make tough decisions through dialogue?
  • John McKay (Canada) and Emily Dean (UK)
    What is the difference between collective and dialogic decision making?
  • Carroll Macey (UK) and Alison English (UK)
    What makes decision-making one of the top challenges for teams?
  • Mehdi Shariatyrad (Iran) and Carrie West-Bailey (USA)
    Whose decision is it?

Further details announced each week

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