Dialogue Guide

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: 

  • To provide a platform for community of experts, activists and thought leaders across sectors and regions to evaluate the status of the SDGs and key local and national development indicators post-Covid 19  
  • To engage the SDG Community in conversation about how to #TurnItAround related to various topics around transformational change and multistakeholder solutions  
  • To inspire action and participation for the Global Week to Act4SDGs, to engage in the social media campaigns from 18-26th September and catalyze ongoing, sustained activations to Turn It Around 

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): 

  • Climate action  
  • Gender equality  
  • Ending poverty  
  • Jobs and economic transformation 
  • Human rights 
  • Global healthcare  
  • Migration 
  • Education 
  • Racial equity and inclusion 
  • Peace and justice 

Framing Questions

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

  • What about the current moment makes it a turning point in our history?
    Make sure to reference facts and statistics related to the state of the issue(s) being discussed.
  • What is the ideal world you imagine?
    Encourage radical imagination. Consider this the end-goal of what we are working toward.
  • What is the current reality, ‘SDG Status’ in your country / community?
  • What are you doing to leverage this turning point and create a meaningful impact?
    Narrow in on specific actions that individuals or organizations are taking. Probe further to understand how specific actions lead toward the ideal world they imagine.
  • Think of a time in your life when you hit a turning point. Looking back on that experience, what advice can you give on leveraging a turning point so we can apply it to the bigger picture of the current global turning point for people and planet?
    Advice can be personal and specific but should inspire examination and action. 

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. 

  • What are your top three resources (books, podcasts, blogs etc.) for people to get informed or take quick action on this topic? 
  • Who your top three inspirational people or organizations who are taking action for people and planet at this turning point? 

Calls to action for the dialogues

  • Register your dialogue as part of the Global Week to Act4SDGs 
  • Share a 30 second video clip on the dialogue explaining where it was done, who participated and two key outcomes and quotesIf you are comfortable please share your video on your social media channel tagging #TurnItAround and we will repost. 
  • Alternatively, please complete the feedback form here sharing key outcomes, a couple of pictures, quotes and we will post your story on our channels. 

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.