Frequently asked questions

This page contains some frequently asked questions. We will update the page whenever necessary.

Organisation of dialogues

Is it laborious to organise a dialogue?

The materials for the dialogue organisers makes it as easy as possible to organise the dialogue. In particular, time should be reserved for inviting participants and preparing for the dialogue. More instructions are available in the dialogue organiser’s material kit.

What does the organiser need to organise the dialogue?

The dialogue organiser must specify a more detailed topic and register for the event. Book a space/meeting room and any catering or remote meeting platform (eg. Teams). Invite the participants. Direct the dialogue and reserve a person who acts as a scribe for the dialogue. Submit the notes from the dialogue as accurately as possible after the dialogue.

How will I be supported in organising the dialogue?

The materials of the ongoing National Dialogue can be found in the dialogue organiser’s material kit. If necessary, the operative core team will also support you in determining a more detailed topic.

Where can I find the materials that support the guidance of the dialogue?

Support for guiding the dialogue can be found in the Timeout tools.

On the model for national Dialogues

What is the model for national dialogue?

National dialogues are a new way of carrying out social dialogue in cooperation between citizens, communities and authorities. 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 based on people’s experiences.

Read more about National Dialogues.

What is the national dialogue model used for?

The purpose of the national dialogues is to build a common understanding of different societal phenomena, challenges and opportunities through the participants’ experiences.

Dialogues are held on topics on which more in-depth understanding is needed in Finland and which concern a large number of citizens at the national level. The aim is that a broader understanding of the topic will also benefit public administration. Read more about the objectives and values here.

Read more about the objectives and values here.

Why should national dialogues be organised and how useful should they be?

The aim is to gain as extensive an understanding as possible of people’s experiences and the economic, social and ecological challenges at hand. The aim is to strengthen social inclusion, cohesion and the ability of Finnish society to change through social dialogue.

Read more about National Dialogues.