The video below juxtaposes dialogue and debate. Note that there is a time and place for debate. There is misinformation that needs to be challenged and debunked. People do not get to make up their own facts and reality and expect that they will go unchallenged. The important point is that before we can start debating issues such as Marcellus Shale, people must feel heard and respected, and that requires dialogue..
Dialogue Versus Debate (7:07)
The table below summarizes the key differences between debate, dialogue, and deliberation.
|Promote option||Builds relationships||Make choices|
|Seek majority||Understand||Seek overlap|
|Persuade||Seek understanding||Seek common ground|
|Dig in||Reach across||Framed to make choices|
|Tight structure||Loose structure||Flexible structure|
|Usually fast||Usually slow||Usually slow|
|Win/lose||No decision||Common ground|
|Community division||Enhanced trust||Legitimacy and buy-in|