We have all experienced the benefits of dialogue when we openly and thoughtfully confront issues. We have also experienced the frustration of interminable discussion that does not lead to progress. The Institute for 21st Century Agoras and CWA Ltd are dedicated to the application and installation of the Structured Democratic Dialogue (SDD), and the use of the CogniScopeTM software, in designing and conducting Co-Laboratories of Democracy, which enable large, diverse groups of stakeholders to dialogue and generate positive results. Many group processes engender enthusiasm and good feeling as people share their concerns and hopes with each other. Co-Laboratories of democracy go beyond this initial euphoria to:
Discover root causes;
Adopt consensual action plans;
Develop teams dedicated to implementing those plans; and
Generate lasting bonds of respect, trust, and cooperation.