Our research investigation in governance has been directed at articulating some conceptual underpinnings of politics globally based on clear epistemological, phenomenological and hermeneutical principles.

This is where we believe Deep Dialogue would make a significant difference.

Integrating dialogue in governance can help challenge commonly held assumptions about socioeconomic, political and security issues. Bringing leaders and decision-makers together to identify fundamental questions about governance processes, and set challenges for future dialogue and inquiry at local, national, international and global level.

The next step is to explore: (1) the different kinds of dialogue practices; (2) how deep dialogue might be integrated in international processes, and (3) the features of structural peace that nurture the potential of deep dialogue within institutions, between peoples, groups and communities, and at international diplomacy levels.

Given that these processes tend to involve people insofar as they occupy a well-defined role for a state or a state-like organisation and given that deep dialogue involves or aims for a transformative understanding between persons as such, what practices are most helpful in transcending roles, allegiances and positions?