What We Do

Like its predecessor productions from Fred Friendly Seminars, a DMG Socratic Dialogue is an artful combination of hypothetical stories and challenging issues, woven together by a moderator for a carefully cast panel of participants. Our Dialogues begin with a little story - a problem that could confront almost anyone. The implications of this problem, whatever it may be, then ripple out to encompass larger and larger issues and trigger complex ethical, emotional, legal, and public policy questions that are always overlapping and often in conflict. Each Dialogue brings together a carefully chosen panel that contributes professional expertise as well as personal experience to the discussion. The moderator encourages panelists to put themselves in the shoes of the hypothetical characters and talk to one another "in character." Forced to put aside talking points and rhetorical speeches to play roles in the story (roles very similar to those they play in real life), the panelists experience and reveal the complexity of issues with greater depth, and drama, than a standard debate would ever expose. In the words of Fred Friendly, "Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds, and to make the agony of decision-making so intense you can escape only by thinking."