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Intergenerational Dialogues can help communities address important issues. This NebGuide offers guidance.

The Intergenerational™Dialogue

An Intergenerational™Dialogue is usually a one-day, six-hour event that allows the five living generations to come together to create an action plan to address a specific community issue. When all age groups of the community are involved in problem solving, it is easier to gain solution commitment and a greater response to planned action. Does this sound too good to be true? The following is a descriptive outline for planning an Intergenerational Dialogue in a community. The basis for the NebGuide is the work completed by Dr. James V. Gambone, as described in his 2002 book, "Together for Tomorrow." The purpose of having an Intergenerational™ Dialogue is to build community through respect, caring and cooperation (Gambone, 2002).