Who We Are

The Institute for Socratic Dialogue (ISD) is a foundation led by a multidisciplinary team of philosophers, professors, specialists in public management and business, communicators and journalists, political analysts, and mediators.

We all share our commitment to spread Socratic dialogue as a tool that promotes stability, inclusiveness and development. As a way to promote justice in the world.

What We Do

The mission of the Institute for Socratic Dialogue (ISD) is to teach people, organizations, governments and a multiplicity of groups to re-learn the art of dialogue. Dialogue is the path to develop an inclusive, human-right centric, peaceful and fair society.

The absence of dialogue impedes individuals from understanding other people’s needs. That inability weakens democracy, exacerbates conflicts, excludes the poor, weak and marginalized, and reduces interpersonal trust leading to a declining confidence in institutions. Then human and economic development is harmed and, with it, the prospect of a common future.

Socrates

The ISD’s methodology is inspired by Socrates, the classic Greek philosopher. We all “know more than what we think we know”, Socrates said. We simply need someone else to help us become conscious of our own knowledge.

Areas

The importance of political stability

Development is useless if it’s not sustainable

Inclusiveness: how to give voice to the voiceless

Know thyself: where it all begins

Team

Founder

Sira Abenoza

Director, Social Dialogue.

Professor at ESADE Business and Law School.
PhD in Philosophy with a Thesis on Socratic Dialogue.

Directors

Alberto Gimeno

Director, Stakeholder Dialogue.

Professor at ESADE Business and Law School. PhD in Management Sciences with a Thesis on Family Business.

Diego Fonseca

Director, Socratic Democracy.

Political analyst, media specialist. MBA, IE Business School. Visiting at ESADE. Director, Entrepreneurial Journalism Program/CIDE.

Laura Galán

Director, Soul’s Dialogue.

Psychologist and psychotherapist. Master in Family Systemic Therapy and Mediation.

Chief of Trainers

Claudia Gimeno

BA Liberal Arts, International Studies. CEMS Master in International Management.

Trainers of Facilitators

Celia Avila Bonastra

Physical Education Graduate, MA Sports Psychology. Social Educator.

Pau de la Fuente

Documentalist. Penitentiary Services Professional.

Gemma Gea Rodrigo

Licensed Social Educator.

Vanessa Morenilla

Licensed Criminologist UB. Diploma in Social Education.  Penitentiary Social Educator since 2002.

Roser Salvador

Childood Education Specialist. Licensed Social Educator.

Trained Facilitators

Nuria Garcia Roche

Licensed Social Educator and Social Worker. Gestalt Therapist.

Andrea Terzaghi

Innovation Specialist. Master in Innovation & International management.