Dialogue and dissemination

Dialogue and participatory processes are important tools to mitigate conflicts. NINA has much experience with leading such processes, for instance through impact assessments, facilitated dialogues, and scenario analyses.

Management of natural resources always leads to conflicts because people who feel affected have different motives and interests. Occasionally, such conflicts can be very serious, especially when people compete over the use of natural resources, or when the use of natural resources is in conflict with the conservation of ecological and cultural values.

Can we live with conflicts?

It is not necessarily a goal to remove conflicts, but rather to reduce them so that people with different perspectives can live together as peacefully as possible.

Dialogue bridges gaps

Experience shows that dialogue can bring people together, reduce conflicts, and increase the common understanding of problems. Experience also shows that participatory processes can be an important tool for dialogue. Participatory processes bring different actors and stakeholders together to share knowledge and to solve problems. In many areas, conflicts have existed for decades, in some areas, for as long as people can remember. To enable different actors to live well together, they must share knowledge about their different thoughts, motives, and perspectives. Knowledge gaps will result in misconceptions between actors and the gaps between people will grow, bringing people together will become more difficult and even greater conflicts arise.    

Conflicts will always arise, but confronting conflicts through dialogue and knowledge sharing reduces the distance between actors and win-win situations may arise.

NINA’s dialogue processes

NINA has much experience with leading participatory processes through various impact assessments, facilitated dialogues, and scenario building.

Common to all such processes is the dialogue, which may allow predictions or the assessments of different possibilities in a future society where peaceful coexistence is the goal. The dialogue is set up as a “managed process” following a conventional scheme, and led by an experienced process manager.