An Open Dialogue requires a certain degree of self awareness and nudges people to go beyond their comfort zone. A “Facilitated Conversation” is still a self-guided conversation on a particular subject with some structured exercises and possible interventions.
Having said this, the facilitator may consciously chose not to intervene and allow the conversation to sink back into old behavior patterns. This usually makes people feel uncomfortable for a while until one of the participants comes to the rescue and intervenes based on his/her observation and experience. This provides a great opportunity for each group member to reflect on what they have just experienced and realize that they, too, have an opportunity and responsibility to intervene on the group’s behalf.