[vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]COVID-19 is turning our lives upside down. People all around the world are taking to the streets and joining in solidarity for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine and create a better future.

One that is more equal. More active on climate change. That ends poverty. And protects health.

We have the universal plan we need for a just and sustainable recovery from the pandemic: the Sustainable Development Goals.

This September 18-26, 2020 while world leaders meet virtually at the UN General Assembly, join millions of people and organizations everywhere to take action for the Goals and to demand governments stick to the plan. This is a turning point for people and the planet. Let’s turn it in the right direction, and recover better together!

Join the #TurnItAround campaign by hosting a dialogue!

The Dialogue Format

Hosting a dialogue is one way to support the Advocate pillar of the week of action campaign. The goal is to bring together several stakeholders in conversation around the idea of a turning point with the following objectives: 

Dialogues should be conversations or structured panels with multiple stakeholders speaking about this turning point in time for people and planet. Speakers may be experts in one specific field or covering several fieldsSuch fields of expertise may include (but are not limited to): 

Framing Questions

The following questions will frame the conversation and guide its flow. They may be tailored to speak to a specific topic. 

To close the dialogue, you may choose to do a lightening round of sharing resources and inspiration. Make sure to note these resources / links and share with participants afterward. 

Calls to action for the dialogues

Prepare the dialogue

Consider your audience. 
Define who the dialogue will be reaching and what topics they want / need to hear more about.  

 Identify and invite your speakers.
Depending on your dialogue format, you may may invite a speaker and an interviewer, or you may invite a moderator and panel of speakers. 

 Prepare your dialogue program.
Create a program for your dialogue including speaker information, specific framing questions tailored to your theme, and timings.  

 Set up your dialogue.
Prepare your online platform and schedule the dialogue. 

Promote and invite participants.
Create communications to announce and promote your dialogue to the intended audience. Send invitations to specific lists of people you’re inviting.

Register the action.
If your dialogue will take place between 18-26 September 2020, register the dialogue as an action for the Global Week to Act4SDGs. 

Host the dialogue

Tell the story.
Clearly communicate the campaign premise and connect the framing questions and calls to action to the campaign. 

 Facilitate sharing across speakers.
Ensure that all invited speakers are heard in a balanced manner. 

Engage participants.
Get creative with involving participants in the conversation using group chat features, breakout rooms for small group discussion, polling, audience Q&A. You can also engage participants through pre-dialogue surveys that are considered and used during the live dialogue. 

 Record interesting data.
Take note of interesting comments made by speakers and participants for sharing beyond the dialogue. 

Follow up with participants after the dialogue

Video recording
If you recorded and/or streamed the dialogue, share it afterward. This allows participants to review or check back to interesting things they saw, as well as increase the audience by reaching more people than were present.  

Follow up with participants
1-2 days after the dialogue, share important links and reiterate calls to action to with the dialogue participants. Encourage them to stay engaged moving forward.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section]