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Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is needed.
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Ten Ways to Heal the Divide this Thanksgiving

Organizer: Common Ground Committee

Get ready to lead happier, healthier conversations with family and friends through this webinar that offers tools for finding common ground on tough political issues. From listening first to seeking outcomes that address shared concerns, these practical strategies teach you how to become a "Common Grounder" and set the tone for more productive discourse and behaviors.

Location: Webinar

More Curious, Less Furious

Organizer: Living Room Conversations

Much of current media and culture tout the idea that we should view those who disagree with us as enemies. How can we solve the major problems of our day by only engaging with those who think like us? Research is showing that CURIOSITY which seeks diverse perspectives can open the mind, develop empathy, allay fears and encourage self-awareness and humility. Curiosity about how and why other people arrive at values and beliefs can lead to better solutions, understanding and appreciation. Life experiences shape who we are, and sharing stories can help bridge gaps and encourage mutual respect. We can make a choice to become more curious and thus less furious. In this conversation we will share thoughts and experiences about choosing to be curious.

Location: Virtual

2020 Election – Concerns and Aspirations

Organizer: Living Room Conversations

As the midterm elections approach, our national anxiety is ramping up. Countless voices clamor for our attention—our donations—our time—our votes. Headlines and news broadcasts present conflicting reports on issues, using their own facts to bolster specific views. Shrill ads play to our fears and overwhelm our senses. As we prepare to cast our ballots amidst all this noise, it can be difficult to connect our votes with our values. This conversation is an opportunity to share and reflect on our perspectives with others. It may be helpful in cutting through the clutter to best match our votes to our personal values and hopes for the future.

Location: Virtual

Race and Ethnicity: Part 1 of a Special Three-Part Series

Organizer: Living Room Conversations

In this series of three conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all walks of life. We will cover new questions from the three Race & Ethnicity conversation guides found here. Some of these questions include:

  • What qualifications do you use to determine a person's race?
  • Were conversations about race a part of your upbringing? If so, how was the subject approached? How did people around you talk about other races?
  • Have you ever claimed an ethnicity that wasn't yours or that wasn't visibly yours in order to "pass," or have privilege?
  • How have race and ethnicity functioned differently in your life, if they have?
Location: Virtual
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