The GigaPan Dialogues seek to promote empathy and understanding between cultures and create a greater sense of community through an exchange of explorable, high-resolution digital imagery. Using a robotic camera provided by the programme, children in participating UNESCO Associated schools take explorable, high-resolution panoramic images of the world around them, and share them with their contemporaries around the globe.
A group at one site of the globe posted an image, a group at the partner site explored it and left virtual "notes" with questions, and the first group responded. The sharing of their community’s sites, landmarks, events, and places of importance to them encourages self-reflection and a deeper understanding of community and self-identity. Students are challenged to think deeply about inclusion and diversity in their communities. They embark on a 21st-century community-networking journey to explore, document, and discuss the images and community identity.
UNESCO Associated Schools from South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States were chosen for the pilot phase (2007-08). After an evaluation process, the programme will hopefully expand, building regional networks to provide training, mentorship and interregional as well as international exchange.