The Brisbane Dialogues

The Brisbane Dialogues is a wholly independent, non-aligned, intergenerational, all-volunteer, not-for-profit project to stimulate better discussions about big ideas and issues.

OUR MISSION 

Demonstrate what better discussions between people with different views look like and help others to turn one-way talks and one-sided discussions into genuine dialogues. 

OUR GOAL

Be the preeminent facilitator of dialogue events.

WE ARE

Australia's first dedicated "civil discourse organisation" and a significant, expanding corner of the public square in Queensland. We are determinedly non-political and non-partisan and aspire to being non-parochial, non-elitist and inclusive.

The organisation is completely volunteer-based and aims to provide an inviting, flexible and effective working environment to allow anyone to contribute whatever time and skills they are able to.

WHAT WE DO

1. Conduct public events on issues of national or global importance or interest, in the Big Dialogue format, as well as bespoke private events, to demonstrate what better discussions look like.

2. Support other organisations to conduct better discussions, with a wide range of services and activities which range from full co-production of a major event, to specific help with curation, event management, promotion, technology, etc.
A key initiative is the Brisbane Talks calendar, which aims to aggregate ideas-based event information in the region and make it more publicly accessible, expanding audiences and deepening civic culture.

THE BRISBANE RULE

"All participants agree to listen carefully, speak respectfully and concentrate on the content of discussions, not on characters - before, during and afterwards, online as well as offline.”

Join the conversation.

BETTER DISCUSSIONS. BEYOND DEBATE.