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Volume 2, Number 3, May 2002

Simon Fraser University Opens Dialogue Facility

While mediation has become a popular method of conflict management on campus, other valuable forms of dispute resolution lack recognition. One university found a creative way to give attention to dialogue. Simon Fraser University recently opened the Moriss J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The Dialogue Centre (pictured below) is an international conference center located in Vancouver's waterfront business district, directly across the street from Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University's downtown campus. Generous donations by Morris J. Wosk led to the establishment of the Centre.

"Through shared understanding and learning,
the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts"


Dialogue allows individuals to participate in non-hierarchical, non-judgemental thinking and learning. According to Jack Blaney, former President of Simon Fraser University,
The Wosk Centre for Dialogue is more than a conference center. It is founded on the idea that dialogue, people meeting to deepen understanding and seek common ground, is essential to the future of our society. The health and wealth of our community will, in large measure, depend on our skill in dialogue."

Overview of the Centre

The Dialogue Centre provides 16,000 square feet of meeting and function space, with institutional and support services designed and dedicated to foster understanding and positive action. The Centre can meet the needs of groups ranging from 6 to 200 people. Personnel support includes language interpretators, meeting planners, delegates, event coordinators, program planners, facilitators and caterers. Technological support includes internet access, audio and video conferencing, satellite services, 100 Mbps and network services, multi-media presentations tools, direct media hookups with press and truck feeds, boack-out drapery, TV and theatrical lighting, a conference polling and audience response system and group decision-making software. The Centre's website provides a virtual tour of the facilities.
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