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Find all our dialogues here—past and in planning.

Our dialogue design is co-created in an organic and holistic way, focusing on the head, the heart and the soul, and based on a needs assessment of registered participants using modified versions of Harrison Owen’s Open Space Technology and David Bohm’s dialogue techniques.

Each dialogue attracts 20-30 participants—mostly from the preexisting GCD community, and a few new participants. These are individuals from business, government, academia, the non-profit sector, multilateral agencies, and private practices. For four or so days, we are sure to (re-)familiarize ourselves with each other in a few ways:


  • Share what we are currently doing in the fields of global communities, diversity, leadership and change;

  • Discuss current and future trends in these and related fields, particularly as they relate to each respective Dialogue country location;

  • Brainstorm ways to share and partner with each other more closely in future; and, of course,

  • Develop closer professional and personal bonds.

We usually convene in a cozy private house, inn or hotel and make a point of breaking bread—and sharing a few drinks—together several times a day, in order to build the trust and comfort required to allow us to share our deepest thoughts, ideas, and hopes for the present and the future.


To be clear, the annual Dialogue is not a conference, consortium, or professional development event with guest speakers and concurrent breakout sessions; nor is it a professional association or an exclusive club. Rather, we are a slow-growing community that deeply values the long-term relationships formed between participants. While we are seeking to understand and represent something of a global community, we keep a low public profile because expansion not our aim, but a natural result of sustainable inclusivity.

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GID 15 Larvik, Norway (2023)

Polarization and Inclusion

In the beautiful historical city of Larvik the re-named Global Inclusion Dialogue took place from 10 to 14 May, 2023. Our local host was Bjørn Ekelund.

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GCD 14: Kigali, Rwanda (2019)

Post Genocide and Forgiveness

Hosted by Agahozo Shalom village in Rwanda the GCD had more than 30 participants. Local hosts were Maurice Kwizerimana and Jeremy Solomons

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GCD 13: Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2018)

GCD 13, which took place in Atlanta in 2018, served to allow the organising committee to take stock and reflect on the purpose and future of the GCD.
Local hosts were Martha Legare and Rita Wuebbeler.

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GCD 12: Cascais, Lisboa, Portugal (2017)

Migration and Integration

Local host Alexandra Barosa-Perreira organised for the group of 20 participants dialogues with local groups working with migrants. 

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GCD 11: Charleston, SC, USA (2016)

Polarization and Bridging

Right after the elections in the USA, near the historic landing place for the slavery ships a diverse group dialogued in Charleston, GCD hosts Joel Brown and Kelli McLoud-Schingen.


GCD 10: Oaxaca, Mexico (2015)

Balance and Sustainability

The 10th GCD centred around “balance” and “sustainability”, and Education and Social Compromise, Racial Disparities and “Changing the System”. Host: Henning Zorn.

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GCD 9: Sitges, Spain (2014)

Simplifying life

In Villa Casa Nova  local host Rachel Playfair organized that the GCD stayed and cooked together and dialogued about Diversity and Inclusion, and challenges in the world of 2014. 

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GCD 8: Grasellenbach, Germany (2011)

Where are we now?

In the beautiful Odenwald, the GCD dialogue wandered inside and outside around the topics presented in the Open Space. Local hosts: Michael Hardtmann and Ola Luboinska.

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GCD 7: Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010)

Sustainability, Globalness & In-Exclusion

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GCD 6: Miami, Florida, USA (2009)

What is a Global Community?

The sixth dialogue – the first one under our new GCD name –  was held in the bustling, cosmopolitan South Beach area of Miami, Florida, near the home of our local hosts, Patricia M Coleman and Saskia Meckman. 

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GDD 5: Lille, France (2008)

Global vs Local and much more

Nearly 20 global practitioners  came to dialogue about the dynamic tension spanning from individuals to multinational organisations. Local host: Grant Douglas.

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GDD 4: Seattle, WA, USA (2007)

 GDD shared their diverse stories were diverse – there was pain and suffering, struggles for identity, trying to fit in, but also strength and triumph and most of all compassion and empathy…. Local host: Michelle Kelley.

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GDD 3: Bryan, Texas, USA (2006)

Gender Diversity, Religion, Immigration, and Corporate Cultures

GDD was this time in the quiet town of Bryan, near College Station – the home of Texas A&M University. Local Host: Roemer Visser.

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GDD 2: Delft, Netherlands (2005)

Socratic Dialogue about Inclusion

An intimate group of around 10 practitioners followed the steps of a Socratic Dialogue about Inclusion, facilitated by Marja Langenberg. Local Host: Monika de Waal.

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GDD 1: Houston, Texas, USA (2004)

Global Diversity Dialogue starts...

Three days of collective reflection and discovery created a platform for a next meeting and the initial name Global Diversity Dialogue. Local hosts were Jeremy SolomonsPatricia Goleman and Debbie Wilkins.

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