Dissonant Project

Listen to what we
hard to hear

A contribution to strengthen civic space through public deliberation,
the use of evidence and pluralism

Polarization is a trend that globally impacts public conversation. By the day, the discussion of public topics gets harder, let it be a movie, a song or even a law project or public policy. Immediately, political, cultural, and moral identity comes into play and the subject being discussed turns
into a minefield.
This phenomenon is a challenge for democratic governments. Governments, Lawmakers and even judges face the challenge of their decisions or suggestions being held accountable in this cultural, political, or moral battle. Journalists and Civil Society Organizations also face this issue with their intervention programs in public scenes. In this manner every initiative is either pointed out from the beginning or associated later to another point of view or antagonized in different parts of society. This forms a spiral of intolerance that makes debating and even co-existence much harder, sometimes promoting authoritarianism.
This polarization is in some way tempting and it pulls some intimate strings within ourselves but, it sterilizes any debate. Quite the contrary, a public conversation subject to mutual personal and ideological respect incorporating real evidence, diversity and plurality can be better for a healthier governance. Both legitimacy and efficiency will be stronger if they are discussed through means that protect them from exceeding identities.
Proyecto Disonante is a Project that puts forward means to make public conversation better.
Public politics proposals, legislative projects and reform agendas can improve their efficacy and legitimacy by incorporating plurality, deliberation, and evidence in discussion processes.
Proyecto Disonante es una propuesta para poner en práctica dispositivos que mejoren la conversación pública.
Las propuestas de política pública, los proyectos legislativos, las agendas de reformas, pueden incrementar su legitimidad y su eficacia en la medida en que incorporen la pluralidad, la deliberación y la evidencia en los procesos de discusión.

¿To whom is our work directed?

  • Governments and Legislatures
  • Teachers and educational centers
  • NGOs and Civil society organizations (CSO)
  • Companies
  • Professional assosiations and organizations

¿What can we offer?

  • Evaluation and solutions to situations where dialogue and collective decision making is blocked.
  • Training at different levels regarding deliberative practices and rational dialogue.
  • Aid with the implementation of decisions that generate conflict, are resisted by a sector or are difficult to understand.
  • Collaboration in the elaboration of arguments based on evidence and constructed following good practices and rational dialogue.





Proyecto Disonante is led by Carolina Fernández Blanco and Hernán Charosky.



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