Virtual Exchange Solutions

"Dialogue can crack the code of global issues including discrimination and the social gap. We shoulder the responsibility to adapt to changes and embrace new pathways to communicate."

– Participant

 

We've collaborated with the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Peace Support Fund (PSF), New York University (NYU) in coordination with NYU Abu Dhabi, and more on customized virtual exchange programs that address urgent subjects and skills in our globalized society. We empower organizations and individuals with the experience, relationships, and behaviors to foster constructive, actionable civic discourse around issues that threaten to fracture our societies. 

With nearly 20 years of experience in designing and implementing virtual exchange programs, we have pioneered innovative methodologies: 

  • Virtual Dialogue Program Design and Implementation
  • Facilitation and Mediation    
  • Coaching and Training 
    • Intercultural Communication    
    • Inclusive Leadership    
    • Conflict Resolution

 

Do you need support for your virtual exchange project? We can use our expertise to help you with design and implementation.

Tell us more about your project by submitting this brief inquiry form (est. 5 minutes), and we'll get back to you! 

Please note that Soliya is not a grant making organization and cannot provide funding towards custom virtual solutions. You must be able to finance your project and participation. 

 


 

DIALOGUE SOLUTIONS 

We design and implement dialogue programs that connect individuals belonging to various identity-based groups with the intent of fostering deeper mutual understanding, meaningful relationships, and group cohesion. 

These dialogues cover themes including culture, religion, politics, and social issues like the impact of COVID-19 and facilitate authentic self-awareness around subconscious biases using cognitive science principles. Their structure employs a pedagogy inclusive of ice breakers, free flowing discussions, and activities on stereotypes, cultural misunderstandings, and identity dynamics.

  • Age: 18+
  • Group Size: 8-12 participants per group
  • Core Attributes:
    • Online Engagement
    • Peer-to-Peer Learning
    • Sustained Facilitated Dialogue
    • Inter- or Intra-Regional Exchange

When assessing your priorities for a custom dialogue program, consider the following recommendations. 

  • Participants: 20 participants, spread over 2 groups
  • Session Length: 2 hours session per week
  • Session Count:
    • Minimum: 4 sessions/4 weeks
    • Maximum: 10 sessions/10 weeks
  • Additional Activities:
    • Asynchronous Assignments
    • Pre- and Post-Evaluation
  • Technology: Soliya's Exchange Portal 

Let's work together to develop a program that empowers target audience.

 


 

TRAINING SOLUTIONS

We bring experience in a range of topics related to conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation, constructive online engagement, and community engagement.

We design training programs to develop skills necessary to engage all members of a group effectively, transcend conflict avoidance or confrontation, help participants explore their attitudes and behaviors on difficult topics, and equip them with global competencies.

Our training programs also cover the intricacies of managing online group dynamics and the fundamental principles of virtual exchange. Designed for practical application, our training includes different group scenarios and exercises.

  • Age: 18+
  • Group Size: 8-12 participants per group
  • Core Attributes:
    • Interactive and Experiential
    • Written and Visual Resources
    • Individualized Written Feedback
    • Formal Certification
  • Session Length: Variable, customized to your needs
    • Example 1 – Themed Workshops: 2–4 hours 
    • Exemple 2 – Employee Leadership Training: 20 hours over several weeks
  • Technology: Soliya's Exchange Portal

You can choose to join an existing scheduled training program, or we can customize and schedule a training program to meet your specific needs.

Find out more about Soliya's Training Opportunities.

 


 

TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

We occasionally allow access to our proprietary, custom-desinged web-based Exchange Portal for external projects aligned with our mission. Take a tour!  

The platform is ideal for face-to-face, interactive small group dialogues or training; it is not recommended for room-to-room group exchanges, online lectures, or webinars. 

You should know

  • The Exchange Portal is a collaboration between social scientists and technologists. Our signature layout design resembles a roundtable, mirroring one of the best practices in conflict resolution: seating participants around a circle.
  • The Exchange Portal is inclusive. It has bandwidth and audio optimization to support the inclusion of people who may otherwise be left out from conversations due to limited internet connection, including those in rural communities, desert cities, and refugee camps. 
  • The Exchange Portal cares about your security and privacy. Soliya is a not for profit organization. We don’t depend on a business model that monetizes data and as such we have no incentive to share your information with third parties. Your data is yours. It is web-based, password protected, the videos are protected by end-to-end encryption. The portal uses Web-Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) technology where encryption is a mandatory feature. 

Features include:

  • Video and Audio Live Sessions
  • Cross-Platform Support
  • Online Breakout Rooms
  • Screen Sharing
  • Whiteboard, Chat Box, Quizzes, and Polls
  • Sessions Recording and Playback
  • Performance Review and Tracking
  • Auto Certificates
  • Asynchronous Communication
  • Data Management

Let us know if you think the Exchange Portal could help achieve your goals.