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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Constructing Civic Dialogues

Trainings, workshops, and discussions to enhance public dialogue.

Constructing Civic Dialogues is a new program for community members who want to:

* Build your skills at bringing people together;
* Have a conversation that helps create strong community ties;
* Learn how talking about tough topics can helps us have better relationships;
* Broaden your perspectives to understand where other people are coming from.

Civic Life has partnered with five organizations to provide these events at no cost to Portlanders.

Sign up for an event below to: 

* Develop and practice facilitation skills;
* Learn about conflict, culture, and history of different communities;
* Understand systemic issues that are often misunderstood as a conflict between individuals;
* Build skills to support cross-pollination of different perspectives.


This program supplements the long-standing neighborhood mediation program. Go here for neighborhood mediation details.

How can I participate?

 Host a Conversation      |      Attend a Conversation      |      Attend a Workshop


Is there a particular topic you would like to dig into with your program, group, or organization? A skilled facilitator will come to your group and lead a conversation on a topic of your choice.

1) Pick a Topic from the list below. Click the Link for Details; 
2) Fill out the "Host Form"
3) Once you are approved, set  up the time, place & space; 
4) Invite people; 
5) After the event fill out our evaluation form

Conversation Topics:



Join a one-time in-person conversation on a topic led by a skilled facilitator.
These are open for anyone to attend. All links below take you to a non-City site with more information and or registration information. All the dialogues are being offered by our partners at Oregon Humanities and hosted at a variety of locations around Portland.

Won't You Be My Neighbor 5/14/2019 10:30-11:30am

Everyone Can Be A Leader
5/15/2019 7-8pm
What does it mean to be Good?  5/21/2019  12-1pm
The Hate we Live in 5/29/2019 3:30-4:30pm



Learn a skill to use in your community.
These are open for anyone to attend, if workshops fill up,
we will prioritize seats for community members  before City Staff.
RSVP through the links below for information & location.
If workshop is full, add yourself to the wait list in case more tickets become available.
Fighting the Systems: Destabilizing Systemic Oppression 2/12/2019 5-9pm
Facilitation Training: Learn to Lead Reflective Conversations 3/7 & 3/8 8:30am-4pm both days
Facilitate for Freedom: A Facilitation Skills Workshop 3/14/2019 9am-1pm
Facilitation Training: Learn to Lead Reflective Conversations 4/4 & 4/5 8:30am-4pm both days
Healthy Organizational Conflict 4/9/2019 5-9pm
Resolution Not Ruins: Conflict Resolution in Your Organization 5/9/2019 9am-1pm
Facilitation Training: Learn to Lead Reflective Conversations  5/9 & 5/10   8:30am-4pm both days


We will post more conversations and workshops 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