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The COVID-19 pandemic has solidified the need for researchers and practitioners in peace and development to approach digital technologies. Through technical facilitation, mapping, and consultancy, I help them build solid processes.

Why mapping?

Many dialogue processes struggle to collect, analyse and integrate the variety of ideas and perspectives of their different participants. Striking the balance between conciseness and depth isn't easy, but mapping can help.

What is mapping?

Dialogue mapping is a method for facilitation that involves the creation of dynamic maps using a computer. It can help make dialogues, consultations and meetings easier to translate into action. They are also a powerful tool to report on complex processes. 

What is a dialogue map?

A dialogue map is the canvas that results from listening to conversation, reframing statements,  summarising the main points and discovering connections through qualitative analysis. They can help you unlock points of contention and enable participants to see the impact of their words and how they relate to what others have said. And they can be updated anytime!

How does dialogue mapping work?

You have two options. One, having someone who already knows dialogue mapping facilitate the workshop and build the map. This often involves someone (me!) sitting by the computer and building a map of the discussion. This map is then used to clarify on open questions. This is ideal for complex conversations that you need to make sense of quickly.

And two, you can build the map yourself with some help. This involves participants joining a short training session to use their preferred  system and begin building their own maps. This is a great option to build your team's capacity while enabling constructive dialogue.

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