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Constructing Civic Dialogues

Constructing Civic Dialogues (CCD)

Civic Life is excited to launch this new program to build skills and expand understanding to foster healthy public interactions with trainings, workshops and discussions for you and your communities. In collaboration with five community partners, Civic Life will offer 73 events from Jan - June 2019 that include opportunities to:

  • Develop and practice facilitation skills;
  • Learn about conflict, culture, and history of different communities;
  • Understand systemic issues that are often seen as a conflict between individuals;
  • Build skills for supporting cross-pollination of different perspectives.

The CCD program is an exciting new venture to evolve and supplement the long-standing neighborhood mediation program. While neighbor-to-neighbor mediation is still available, Constructing Civic Dialogues takes a step back to build skills and understanding for healthy public interaction and dialogue.

The objective of CCD is to foster the understanding of differing perspectives, generative public dialogue, and constructive conflict. Our primary audience for this training and dialogue are community volunteers and partners in the City of Portland networks, though there are also some opportunities for City staff and the general public to participate. This program is being funded by Civic Life at no cost to hosts and participants.

Please sign up to receive updates, opportunities, and more information about CCD here: Civic Life Updates

How can I participate?

Host: Civic Life is seeking host partners (Links to a form outside City website)

Community organizations or City groups, programs, bureaus are eligible hosts. Review program list here.

Hosting means:

• Coordinating a date and time of the workshop with the organization (currently scheduling for Jan – June 2019)
• Securing a space
• Providing accommodations as needed (using the accommodations fund if needed)
• Getting people to attend – Civic Life will support you in turnout
• Filling out an evaluation of the event provided by Civic Life through email

We anticipate that there will be more interest than available programs. The application process will include a conversation with Civic Life staff to assess host information, targeted participation, and alignment with the program objectives. Apply to be a host here.


Attend a training or an event

There are a few January offerings from our partners at Oregon Humanities that are open for anyone to attend, expect more events in February!

We will post more events as they are confirmed.


Constructing Civic Dialogues Partner Organizations: 

AORTA Collective is a queer, multi-racial, and feminist organization devoted to working for social justice.  They work from an intersectional approach to liberation through training, consulting, and facilitating. They will focus on conflict resolution and facilitation skill building through 6 workshops and post-training consulting support.

Disability Art & Culture Project addresses disability culture, Disability Justice, intersectional identities, access intimacy and advocacy. They will provide 5 workshops that go beyond logistics and accommodations into ‘access intimacy’ a phrase coined by Mia Mingus that embodies “a sense of freedom, bringing people closer [to] build and deepen relationships”.

Oregon Humanities is a nationally recognized leader in creating spaces and training facilitators who can hold generative spaces for conversation, learning, and cross-pollination of ideas. They offer an approach that centers on rigor and face to face engagement to dig into challenging and important topics. They will be offering 50 facilitated conversations with 1000 participants on a variety of topics and training for 50 facilitators. 

Training 4 Transformation uses experiential learning, equity expertise and trauma informed practices to develop and facilitate courageous dialogues. They have a long history of leading equity work in public institutions. Their project will focus on offering workshops on racism and trauma to raise awareness, increase understanding, and build tools for resiliency.

Vanport Mosaic celebrates community history by elevating and preserving the stories of those often marginalized to create a future where we all belong. Their award-winning work has grown from a singular oral history project into an annual weeklong festival of memory activism. They will be hosting five facilitated story circles with different cultural communities and an engaged audience of listeners to harvest understanding of different cultural approaches to conflict, resilience, and resistance.





Constructing Civic Dialogues Programs for Hosts

Program options for organizations interested in hosting.

Neighborhood Mediation

Information about neighborhood mediation services