A meeting point for dialogue and conflict transformation

A place where people are moved, bridges are built, and dialogue is promoted in the work for peace

About Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue is a knowledge center promoting peace and dialogue. The center’s core competence is to create space for dialogue across conflict lines. Our methodology is developed through practical experience in Norway, as well as internationally during more than thirty years.

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Our activities

I believe that it is in the grass roots movement that we find the genuine dialogue that focuses on unity, and on that we together can sort out our challenges. And I believe that teaching methods of dialogue is important for bringing people together and creating a good and safe society that is sustainable.

Ibrahim Afridi

Our work abroad

A useful experience related to my day at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue was to learn more about the opinions of the others in the class. This, in turn, will affect how I express myself if we later discuss similar topics. I will probably be more careful, making sure I do not offend anyone.

Emine Selin Kacar

School Programs

The listening and questioning method I learned at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue has worked very well during the meetings I have attended after the course. I now spend a little extra time discovering and learning more about what lies behind people's opinions and asking the participants to share more.

Nina Lande

Our work in Norway

My greatest learning outcome is how to facilitate and participate in a dialogue without putting my own opinions ahead of others. I managed to take in people’s ideas and listen to them with both caution and empathy, something I otherwise never experienced in a debate or a discussion.

Marie Cucurella

Courses and workshops


Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which the human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn. Each makes a serious effort to take the other’s concerns into her or his own picture, even when disagreements persist. No participant gives up her or his identity, but each recognizes enough of the other’s human claims that he or she will act, differently toward the other. 

– Pruitt and Thomas, 2007