National dialogue

National Dialogue on how to cope with uncertainty

What factors cause uncertainty in your life? What is worrying? What will help us cope with everyday life in the midst of uncertainty? Where do we see hope?

We are currently living in a time when crises follow each other. Coronavirus, Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the energy crisis, inflation, climate change, biodiversity loss, the health and social services reform, concern over young people and older people. In the midst of all of this, we go to work, we live our everyday lives, children are born and life goes on. However, uncertainty has become a prevailing factor in our lives that affects us all in one way or another

We invite you to participate in National Dialogues by organising a dialogue on how to live in uncertainty.

The aim is to gain a better understanding of what living in uncertainty is at the moment for you, your community, your organisation, decision-makers?

National Dialogues provide an opportunity to discuss in a constructive manner what has recently happened to us and provide a space to stop and think about things together with others. National Dialogues focus on issues and themes that are important to people and communities in a way that strengthens inclusion and creates an understanding of different challenges and opportunities.

A public summary of the dialogues will be compiled and it will be available for everyone to read on the National Dialogues website. The Ministry of Finance will also submit a summary of the dialogues to the central and local government administration.

How to get involved?

Participation is easy and does not require major inputs from the dialogue organiser. The most important thing is the desire to participate in Finland’s first National Dialogue.

Combine living in uncertainty with a topic important to you, such as: “What does living in uncertainty mean for people living in royalties/Kuopio/Espoo?”, “What does living in uncertainty mean for our class/work community/early education centre for children/hobbies/older people?”

Registration as a dialogue organiser using this form.

Additional instructions for conducting the dialogue will be published by 20.2.2023.

We will compile a list of the dialogues to be held in different parts of the country at the end of this page.

If you want to just participate in the dialgoue instead of organising a discussion yourself, you can check the list to find a suitable dialogue for yourself.

The aim is to have a large number of dialogues organised by different actors in different parts of Finland, where people can engage in diverse discussions about living in uncertainty, hear each other’s views and possibly learn something new about themselves and others.

The discussion can be held in one and a half hours, two or three hours, either face-to-face or remotely.

Welcome, join us!

Support for dialogueorganisers

We give the dialogue to the organisers

  • The invitation template and the timetable for inviting the proposal as well as the Timeout Dialogues information pack, which includes instructions for directing the discussions.
  • A comprehensive material package for dialogue organisers and good tips and tools for dialogue.
  • Orientation to a dialogue facilitator and a scribe before the discussion at Teams. (Choose a suitable time for you below. We will send an invitation to those who have registered for the orientation session.)
  • You will receive an invitation after registering for the course.

The organiser of the discussion must

  • Specify a more detailed topic and registration
  • Book a space and any catering or remote meeting platform
  • Invite the participants
  • Direct the discussion
  • Reserve a person who acts as a scribe for the dialogue
  • Submit the notes from the dialogue as accurately as possible on the form in Webropol immediately after the dialogue.

Timeout Dialogue method

  • 2-4 hours long
  • Face-to-face in the group’s entire ring 6-12 participants, 3-8 remotely
  • One discussion facilitator per group
  • The Timeout Dialogue is a way to engage in and launch constructive discussion. Read more about the Timeout movement here.

Ps. You can also sign up as a permanent dialogue organiser. Read more here.