What is Dialogue in the Dark™:
- Dialogue in the Dark™ is an experience in total darkness. You are led by blind guides, and learn to interact and communicate by relying on your other senses.
- A reversal of roles is created: people who can see are taken out of their familiar environment. Blind guides provide them with orientation through every day experiences in a world without pictures.
- The tour lasts for about an hour, but the effects are life-changing. Dialogue in the Dark™ gives you the chance to challenge your own limits, overcome boundaries, and discover your hidden potential.
- The exhibition aims to open every day Australians’ eyes in the dark, showing that a world without sight is not poorer, just different
- Globally, the program operates as a social enterprise. Its mission is to facilitate social inclusion of the people with a disability and people who are marginalised in general. Through experiential learning, DiD visitors’ attitudes and behaviours are changed.
For guides, their employment opportunities are improved. These combined, DiD provides the environment to create more inclusive and welcoming communities that embrace diversity and celebrate ability rather than highlight disability.
Dialogue in the Dark™ in Australia
- Australia is the 40th country to participate in the Dialogue in the Dark program
- In a world-first, the social enterprise is partnered with Guide Dogs Australia, championing independence for every Australian with low vision or blindness. Through Dialogue in the Dark™ this means significant employment opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision, and education of the public to understand and accept diversity in the community.
- In addition to the exhibition, Dialogue in the Dark™ Melbourne offers Corporate workshops and school programs for students aged 9 and above. It is also a unique venue for special events.
- Dialogue in the Dark™ Melbourne is proudly supported by: Public Transport Victoria, Harbour Town Melbourne, Victorian Government, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Shine On Foundation, Ian Potter Foundation, Collier Charitable Fund, The Sebel Melbourne Docklands, FPPV Architecture, Better Living Group, Magian Media Studios, and Ticketmaster.
- Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.au
Dialogue Globally by the numbers
- Dialogue in the Dark has been operating for more than 25 years across 39 countries globally.
- Dialogue in the Dark has experienced 10 million visitors worldwide, and employed upwards of 10,000 people who are blind or have low vision.
- Dialogue in the Dark has been operating since 1988. It was founded in Frankfurt by Andreas Heinecke, an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur, who still spearheads the innovation of Dialogue Social Enterprise’s new concepts and exhibitions aimed at overcoming mind-sets and breaking communication barriers.
- Andreas founded Dialogue in the Dark™ after an encounter with a fellow employee who was blind. This encounter changed his life: He learned to understand the true potential of an individual who is living with blindness or low vision, and went on the create Dialogue in the Dark™.
- Dialogue in the Dark™ is a social enterprise with a goal of increasing awareness and tolerance for otherness and promoting greater social integration. We create job opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision, to strengthen their skills where they will be able to continue to use and grow their potential to contribute to society.
Dialogue Corporate Workshops
Dialogue in the Dark™ workshops have created lasting impact on participants, and their organisations. Research* of participants of Dialogue in the Dark™ workshops shows:
- 95% of participants would recommend, or had already recommended the workshop to somebody else
- 82% appreciated the value and importance of cooperation and collaboration with trust and empathy at the core
- 76% of participants found themselves collaborating with others to come to a solution, rather than coping by themselves
- 74% of participants have applied what they learned in the workshops into their real work environment
- Dialogue in the Dark™ workshops have a sustained impact on participants, with 3 out of 4 participants reported to have translated lessons learned into increased self-awareness, a consciousness for matters of communication, and more openness towards others.
- 43% of Dialogue in the Dark™ participants were inspired to enhance their way of interacting with others, and to pursue a more cooperative and collaborative approach
- more than half were impressed with experiencing their own limits and abilities that unfold in an unknown environment
* Dialogue Social Enterprise Social Impact study 2009, including 300 questionnaires and 20 interview