Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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A fair dialogue is a conversation or discourse in which the perspectives of all participants affected by the subject matter are equally respected and valued. In John Dewey’s (1988) sense, fair dialogue exists within communities if all members jointly explore social and democratic conditions of coexistence and develop from there a shared vision of what political aims and objectives deserve to be desired and pursued. In order to achieve this, participants have to agree, either explicitly (if controversies are to be expected) or implicitly (if all participants share the same basic assumptions) on a set of premises, principles, and procedures to establish common ground, or, in a wider context, a Level Telling Field.

⇢ see also: Cross TalkLevel Telling FieldRecognition

References and further reading:

Dewey, John. 1988. "Creative Democracy: The Task Before Us." The Later Works of John Dewey. Volume 14: 1939–1941. 225-227.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois Press.

Zimmermann, Bénédicte. 2006. “Pragmatism and the Capability Approach.” In European Journal of Social Theory 9.4: 467–484.

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