Harold H. Saunders, A Public Peace Process:  Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999; Palgrave paperback, 2001)
Introduces the political philosophy behind SD, explains the five-stage process, offers a brochure for community use, and presents a training manual.


Teddy Nemeroff and David Tukey, Diving In:  A Handbook for Improving Race Relations on College Campuses through the Process of Sustained Dialogue (Washington DC: IISD, 2000)
 Helps students get started and walks moderators through the five stages. 


Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Facilitating a Year in Sustained Dialogue: A Guide for Student Moderators (Washington, DC: IISD, 2005)
Provides guidance and tools for students engaged in moderating a Sustained Dialogue group.  Presents SD Theory and Facilitation Skills.  


Priya Narayan Parker, Sustained Dialogue: How Students Are Changing Their Own Racial Climate (About Campus, March-April 2006, Vol. II No. I)
Universities have increased diversity among student bodies, but "student racial climate" is not improving. The promise of diversity is not being realized. Students are using Sustained Dialogue as their approach to improving campus climate.
Harold H. Saunders, Politics is about Relationships: A Blueprint for the Citizens' Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
Describes new lenses for the study and practice of politics-the relational paradigm-to shift focus from power structures to citizens outside government.



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An independent tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization formed in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, the Institute helps citizens around the world to transform their conflictual or destructive relationships and to design and implement sustainable change processes.





Sustained Dialogue (SD) is a systematic, open-ended political process to transform relationships over time.  It conceptualizes of three decades of experience with dialogue among citizens outside government in such relationships.  SD differs from most other approaches to problem-solving and conflict resolution in two ways.  First, it focuses on transforming relationships that cause problems and conflict - relationships that may appear calm but are undermined by destructive interactions for a variety of reasons.  Second, it offers a process that unfolds through five stages in a series of meetings.  It may be used in national, community, coporate, or campus settings.



There are some things that only governments can do - such as negotiate peace agreements.  But there are some things that only citizens can do - such as transform conflictual human relationships, modify human behavior, change political culture.  The capacities and energies of these citizens are the world's greatest untapped resources in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.  Effective democracy and economic development depend on building effective relationships.  Sustained Dialogue makes them happen.


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