About Matt Sweeney

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Matt Sweeney has worked in community education and civic engagement throughout the Americas, with organizations such as Citizen Schools, SER, UNESCO, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, and Citizen Bridges International. Awarded a 2009-2011 Rotary World Peace Fellowship, he recently earned a Master of Arts in International Relations at La Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt lives in Chicago, where his work supports public dialogue and decision-making processes, and citizens' diplomacy. 

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Why Dialogue?

In short: Pelé. Nicaragua. Studs Terkel. Bus rides. Democracy. Hello world. As a way of both introducing myself and sparking reflection on the challenge of bringing people together to dialogue on important public issues, I’d like to explore what brings me to dialogue. Why dialogue? What was the hook—from the beginning? What about now? Resisting [...]

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