We believe that hosting dialogue and debate related to complex challenges is an essential tool of integrative leadership.  To this end, we provide opportunities to practice methods that can help in convening and conducting participatory and action-oriented dialogue.  We also seek to enable informal discussion among individuals interested in particular challenges, theories, data, experiences or initiatives.  We strive to provide forums for hard and critical conversations – conversations that bring diverse viewpoints together as a key step toward future collaborative work.  

The Center currently fosters dialogue and debate necessary to enable integrative leadership through three types of gatherings.  Our Bagels Beyond Boundaries series provides an informal space for students, faculty and staff to engage in discussion with each other and with community leaders over bagels and coffee.  Recent speakers have included Diane Tran, of Minnesota Rising, and Cody Engelhaupt, who works with Philips Eye Institute and Minneapolis Public Schools to provide vision care services for children in need of them.  We continue to work with the Art of Participatory Leadership community to provide training and opportunities to share credible tools, knowledge and resources that support shared leadership. We have hosted or are hosting a number of critical conversations, including a high-level forum related to Minnesota early education funding priorities, a frank dialogue between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Somali diaspora in Minnesota regarding the potential for shared actions to help Somali refugees, and a workshop on how to assess the creation of public value in a shared-power world.