The Summit Dialogues Method
Food Systems Summit Dialogues provide an opportunity for diverse, purposeful and respectful exchanges between food systems stakeholders. The Dialogues convene a diversity of stakeholders; at all times taking into account the principles of engagement of the Food Systems Summit. This page details key aspects of the Dialogues method, however, please refer to the Reference Manual for Convenors for more details.
The method proposed for the Dialogues is designed to ensure that each Dialogue:
- Engages a diversity of participants from across various sectors with Food Systems;
- Uses a standardized format, enabling purposeful and productive discussions;
- Has a clear focus and offers topics for discussion that relate to the objectives of the Summit;
- Leads to the collation of qualitative and quantitative outcomes which are fed back to the Summit secretariat.
Each Dialogue event has:
- A Convenor who is responsible for planning, organizing and executing the Dialogue. The Convenor is ultimately responsible for the final submission of the official Dialogue Feedback form.
- A Curator who presides over the event including welcoming participants, introducing high-level guests and describing the purpose of the Dialogue. The Curator will subsequently summarize the outcomes from the different discussion groups.
- A Facilitator per discussion group ensuring that all participants have an opportunity to contribute meaningfully and have their perspectives listened to by others.
- Participants engage purposefully with open exchanges and are expected to listen to each other and be open to the co-existence of divergent points of view.