Inspire Dialogue Foundation

Inspire Dialogue Foundation

At a glance


  • Education
  • Faith and ethics
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Human rights
  • Local / community

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Geographical remit: 
National - England


The Inspire Dialogue Foundation, a charity registered in the UK, was founded to promote human values in an interdependent world. We create open platforms that use the power of dialogue as a catalyst for progress, connection and insight.

We ask: what is a meaningful life and how do we aspire toward one? What is a wider vision for human life and our place on the planet that supports our well being, now and in the future? 

In a world threatened by fear we believe dialogue is essential for the the evolution of ideas that respect differences and acknowledge our common humanity.

Our Focus:

• Dialogue − creating events and forums to bring people together to learn in dialogue. The foundation will sponsor a major dialogue event each year hosted by Lord Rowan Williams. The next open dialogue − Understanding Strangers − will take place in Cambridge on 17 September 2016.

• Education & Ethics − engaging with the ethical challenges of our time by developing educational resources that transcend doctrine and find common ground among faiths, cultures and philosophical traditions

• Science & Spirituality − Facilitating a sense of the oneness of humanity that all can identify with regardless of belief or culture.

The Inspire Dialogue Foundation’s inaugural event in Sept 2015, "Dialogue with the Dalai Lama" hosted by Rowan Williams, brought attendees together for two days of open dialogue. Topics ranged across resources, health, technology, the environment, education, conflict resolution and freedom. The overarching theme was Universal Responsibility.


Following our first event last year, co-hosted by the Dalai Lama, The Inspire Dialogue Foundation is planning its second dialogue event on September 17th, 2016. This will be hosted by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, who is now the Master of Magdelene College, Cambridge and Chair of the Inspire Dialogue Foundation. 

This event will bring together a diverse group of international thought leaders, policy makers, students and others to explore from different perspectives the theme of "Understanding Strangers" through the Inspire Dialogue process.

The dialogue event aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness and interdependence of people in relation to the theme of "Understanding Strangers."

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