The Open Dialogue app is designed to encourage free expression and support you in the process of self-reflection. It allows you to interact in natural language with an A.I.-based program.
The app can be used during moments of acute stress throughout your day, as well as during scheduled periods of self-reflection. It helps you gain a more nuanced understanding of how you are relating to the most important aspects of life, such as your career, your relationships and your self.
Your conversations within the app can be reviewed by yourself - or even with a trusted friend, family member or therapist - at any point in time. They consistently provide rich data for further exploration and insight. Naturally, with practice, you will become more skillful at using the app to help yourself.
We have built the app with security as the top priority. To that end, we not only encrypt all user data using multiple techniques, but we also allow you to create a fully anonymous account without any personally identifiable information.
Anonymized conversational logs are reviewed by the development team, solely for the purpose of improving the capabilities of the A.I. program.
Your information will never be sold or used for any purpose beyond what is explicitly outlined in the work we do together as part of Open Dialogue.
All onboarding sessions are currently led by Ed Blunderfield, the creator of the program.
Ed’s professional experience is diverse and uniquely integrated. He worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and has led teams at multiple tech startups. He also designs mindfulness-based leadership, mentorship and coaching programs for youth and young professionals.
The work Ed does with people through using Open Dialogue leverages the totality of these experiences to create a transformative platform for your personal development.
Mark Niehe is the web developer who has taken Ed’s AI-based program and made it accessible from any internet-connected device.
Mark Blunderfield is Ed’s father and a practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He serves as an advisor and mentor to Ed, both in the development of the app’s intelligence as well as supporting Ed’s development as a guide.
We hope to grow the team in the near future, and are looking for likeminded, talented people to join us as guides, engineers and advisors. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, reach out to us here.
Open Dialogue is fundamentally personalized. Therefore, we begin with a single session and align on the ideal cadence for subsequent interactions.
As you develop new skills and begin to apply what you have learned from Open Dialogue in your own life, you will find yourself confidently and instinctively reducing the frequency of in-person sessions.
As an example, some people have benefited most from starting with weekly sessions and then transitioning to bi-weekly and eventually monthly sessions.
Onboarding sessions are hosted virtually on your computer or mobile device. These sessions simply require a strong internet connection and a quiet space to connect.
Onboarding sessions take approximately 15 minutes.
During the the onboarding session you will meet Ed, who will be your dedicated point of contact going forward (should you have any questions or feedback about the app).
Ed will walk you through a live demo of the Open Dialogue app, sharing examples and answering common questions. The goal of this session is to set you up with the foundational skills to begin using the app on your own.
As you proceed to use Open Dialogue, you may have additional questions. Ed will be available to field these questions and provide more advanced training on how to get the most out of the technology.
The purpose of these sessions is not to be giving counselling. To that end, Ed will never tell you what to do, but will instead leverage the app to create an environment for you to safely explore and discover these answers for yourself.