CO-CREATE Dialogue Forum Tool
About the Dialogue Forum:
The CO-CREATE Dialogue Forum is an inclusive space for discussion and co-creation across generations and sectors. The free canvas and a five-step process are designed to allow participants to connect with others, discuss an idea or intervention, and collaborate on action. The tool and process, developed for and with young people, promotes youth inclusion and leadership in decisionmaking.
The Dialogue Forum can be used digitally and as a physical canvas, which means you can host a Dialogue Forum anytime, anywhere. The Dialogue Forum is most useful when you have an idea, policy or intervention and you want to include different perspectives and insights from across generations to collectively take action to address it.
Why was the Dialogue Forum created?
The Dialogue Forum was created to facilitate policy discussions among youth, policymakers, and business representatives in the CO-CREATE project. CO-CREATE is an EU Horizon 2020 project which aims to educate and empower youth to develop policy solutions to build healthy food and physical activity environments.
As part of the development process, young people were invited to plan and participate in Dialogue Forums to help refine their ideas and identify actions. Through CO-CREATE, 20 Dialogue Forums were held at local, national and international levels. The Dialogue Forum tool and Guidebook are based on the learning of these 20 Dialogues and participants’ experiences. To learn more about the CO-CREATE project, visit www.fhi.no/en/studies/co-create.
The design and development of the tool was led by EAT in close collaboration with Designit, a research, design and innovation agency.
Download the Dialogue Forum Tools
The Guidebook provides step-by-step instructions on how to organize a Dialogue Forum and details about the tool.
Physical Dialogue Forum Tool
The physical Dialogue Forum tool allows people to come together in person to discuss an idea and collaborate on actions.
Digital Dialogue Forum Tool
The digital Dialogue Forum tool allows you to bring participants from around the world together to discuss an idea and collaborate on actions.
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A Dialogue Forum is an inclusive space for discussion and co-creation across generations and sectors. Using a free canvas and a five-step process, participants are invited to connect with others, discuss an idea or intervention, and collaborate on action. The tool is available in digital and in physical formats, making it accessible across locations and time zones. To learn more about the tool, check out our concept videos and the Guidebook which provides step-by-step instructions on how to organize a Dialogue Forum.
The Dialogue Forum tool was designed to connect participants across ages, sectors and geographies. While anyone can organize or attend a Dialogue Forum, the target audience is:
- Young people or youth organizations looking to engage decisionmakers to increase awareness and action on an idea.
- Decisionmakers (policy, private sector, experts) who are looking to engage and meaningfully involve young people in the design, implementation or evaluation of interventions.
To ensure youth participation is meaningful, young people should make up at least 50% of the total participants. (The United Nations defines youth as persons between 15 and 24 years of age.)
Yes, anyone can organize a Dialogue Forum! The Guidebook provides step-by-step instructions on how to organize a Dialogue Forum and the tools are available to download for free. The digital tool is available here and the physical tool is available here.
Yes, you can. It was designed to connect young people and adults, but it can be used with either group.
There are three stages to organizing a Dialogue Forum:
Stage 1: Plan (idea to discuss, inviting participants, training moderators, setting up logistics)
Stage 2: Discuss and hold the Dialogue Forum!
Stage 3: Act (thank participants, share outcomes, take ideas forward)
Check out our Guidebook for step-by-step instructions on how to organize a Dialogue Forum.
Yes, you can invite as many participants as you would like. Each canvas is designed to accommodate a maximum of six participants and one moderator. To engage more participants, you can use multiple tables (physical) or breakout rooms (digital).
You will need an organizer to coordinate the planning, execution and follow-up of the Dialogue Forum, and participants to engage in the activities, ask questions, contribute to the discussion and commit to action. Moderators are needed to guide participants through the activities and discussion using moderator cards. Technical support to help the moderators with taking notes of the discussion is encouraged.
Yes, a moderator can participate in the Dialogue at the same time.
The Dialogue Forum was designed to be 1.5 to 2 hours long to give all participants the opportunity to get to know each other, the space to contribute equally, and the time to explore the idea or issue in-depth. If you want to hold a shorter Dialogue Forum, you can invite participants to answer questions from the five-step process in advance so they are prepared to discuss during the Dialogue.
The Dialogue Forum tool is currently available in English, Spanish, Catalan, French and German (more languages to come).
Click below to download the physical Dialogue Forum package in these languages (including the Dialogue Forum canvas, moderator cards and other materials). This can either be printed at home using A4 paper or through professional printing:
Click below to download the digital Dialogue Forum package in these languages (including the canvas and digital moderator cards):
For any questions or access to a translatable version, please contact Claire@eatforum.org.
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If you want to learn more about CO-CREATE click here.
The CO-CREATE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for Sustainable Food Security under grant agreement No 774210.