Those who listen, change the world

Why is dialogue important?

Six out of ten people say that they avoid discussing difficult topics with their close relations because it makes them feel uncomfortable. And 46 % of us have lost friends or family because of a lack of good dialogue, according to a survey carried out by the Nobel Peace Center in 2020.

Dialogue, and the lack of it, affects us all.

In a world of polarizing, echo chambers and rhetorical trench warfare, we believe that the Peace Prize laureates important work can inspire and teach us all to use dialogue in a better and more efficient way.

“46 % have lost friends or family because of a lack of good dialogue.”

The Nobel Peace Center want’s to shine a spotlight on dialogue and invites you all to join our related events, activities for schools and exhibitions.

The Best Weapon

The Nobel Peace Prize laureates have accomplished the almost impossible – and they wouldn’t have done so if it wasn’t for dialogue.

The Best Weapon is a peace bench, a six-meter long sculpture commissioned by the Nobel Peace Center to symbolise this. It is designed by Snøhetta and constructed by Vestre in aluminium delivered by Hydro. The bench, which is inspired by Nelson Mandela’s words “The best weapon is to sit down and talk”, was unveiled in front of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, on 8 December 2021.

Photo: Bjørnar Øvrebø

The peace bench is a symbol of diplomacy and dialogue. It pays tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work to bring people together in order to find effective solutions for peace.

The little book on dialogue

In addtion to activities for schools, events and exhibitions, we have written a book about dialogue called "Those Who Listen, Change the World".

In this little book on dialogue we present theory, tips and examples, and
illustrate how a selection of Nobel Peace Prize laureates have used dialogue in their work.

Our hope is to inspire you to use dialogue in meetings with other people to create enriching, safe and peaceful relationships in all contexts. You can buy the book in our Nobel Peace Shop!

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Thank you to Microsoft Norway for supporting our Dialogue- and educational activities.