Different actors are free to use and apply the National Dialogue model. When using the model independently, the definition “National Dialogue adaption” must be used. Such adaptions of the National Dialogues include, for example, a large nature dialogue day and democracy defence dialogues..
In addition to the national scale, the model can be scaled in both directions: targeted locally or within a specific sector, or expanded into an international dialogue series. Finland’s first example of National Dialogues, the Lockdown Dialogues, was implemented as a national, nationwide dialogue series. The National Dialogues were piloted in autumn 2022.
The different forms of National Dialogues can be divided into a basic model, a crisis model and a national or a narrower model implemented independently by an individual or several actors. In the baseline and crisis model, the activities are launched and coordinated by the operative core group, and the dialogues held are called National Dialogues.
Depending on the subject, international dialogue organisers and participants can also be invited and participate in different National Dialogues. This has also been the case in the Lockdown Dialogues and Democracy Defence Dialogues. In connection with the selection and preparation of each topic of dialogue, it will be considered whether the topic is such that an effort will be made to actively involve international dialogue in it. Expatriate Finns can participate from abroad by participating in open remote dialogues, for example. The aim is for communications about the rounds of dialogue to reach them as well as possible.
The other side of the international perspective is that the model for National Dialogue is also freely available to other countries. The description of the model will be translated into English, and it will also be actively communicated to civil society and public administration actors in other countries. The model has already been presented to the OECD Working Group on Open Government.