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Philia dialogues cover a wide range of topics - from community development, to social entrepreneurship, to ethics, to the role of sport in building inclusive communities. There is a common theme underlying all of our dialogues, though, and that is: how do we nurture caring communities that welcome the participation and contribution of all citizens?

In this section you'll find summaries of many of our Philia dialogues. Each one offers its own perspective on caring citizenship. We invite you to take the time to read these summaries and engage with the ideas contained within them. And then, keep the dialogue going by writing us with your own thoughts on these subjects. You can post comments in the Have Your Say section at the bottom of each page, or send longer submissions by e-mail at

Like the rest of this website, this section will grow and change as more Philia dialogues are held and more monographs become available. We encourage you to come back often to see what's new since you last visited the site.

We are also interested in hearing about other dialogues that are taking place on any aspect of caring citizenship. Let us know if you are hosting or attending any such events and we'll be pleased to publicize it in our events calendar.

Want to host a Philia dialogue in your community? Philia dialogues come in all shapes and sizes, and anyone can get one started. Contact us at and we'll be happy to help you with ideas and resources. For more general ideas on hosting dialogues, the resources page of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation provides a wealth of information - or check out our Dialogue Resources page for other links. The World Café is a model of dialogue we particularly like; you can download their guide to hosting "conversations that matter" from their website.

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