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This month's HOT topic: Righteousness and relationships

The art of civil discourse means no soapboxes here!

Ever sit on a couch in someone’s living room, trying to make conversation? Or listen to someone get on a soapbox and dominate the conversation by expressing their opinion with such fervor that no one else dares speak, let alone contradict?

When we have authentic, respectful conversations we strengthen our relationships and advance our understanding of the challenges, opportunities and solutions before us.

Living Room Conversations begin with two people of differing perspectives. Each person invites two more friends for a total of six participants. The idea is to assemble a group of people with diverse outlooks to have a rich, meaningful conversation. If you are interested in these conversations but don't know many people with contrasting opinions, our friends at Hi From the Other Side will set you up with someone from across the aisle to help us all understand each other better. The LRC approach lets you have a conversation that actually gets somewhere. 

Living Room Conversations has more than 50 ready-to-discuss topics (or your can build your own). Our conversation ground rules and format ensure everyone gets a change to speak.

You need not study up on all of the supporting evidence surrounding your topic because living room conversations are not debates. Rather, they are conversations intended to enhance understanding. You and your friends may change your minds on a topic, or you might not. Either way, these conversations will allow you to better understand the topic you chose.

Living room conversations can transform distrust and discord into understanding — paving the way for collaborative solutions. When we have authentic, respectful conversations we strengthen our relationships and advance our understanding of the challenges, opportunities and solutions before us.

Featured Articles

Apr 14, 2017, by Debilyn Molineaux

Grief and loss

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from Huffington Post.

Sitting here on a rare sunny day in the Pacific Northwest, I stop to reflect on life...and death. It’s been a long winter followed by a rough spring for me in Oregon. Among my work teams, we’ve lost a beloved mother, mother and father-in-laws, family friend and family pet in the last month. People we know have been...

Mar 31, 2017, by Sabrina Moyle

United or divided? can living room conversations help build a real global community?

By Sabrina Moyle. Reprinted from Huffington Post.

Mark Zuckerberg’s recent manifesto calling for “humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community” around “our collective values” is daunting, if not naïve, in today’s political climate.

Political media is manufactured to inflame and perpetuate partisan passions to drive clicks, profits, and donations. It vilifies the other side. With every share,...

Mar 20, 2017, by Pedro S. Silva Ii

Give them something to talk about

By Pedro Silva. Reprinted from Huffington Post.58cab1372c00002300feebf4.jpeg

“I don’t want to talk to them because they think too differently.”

“How can I have a conversation with someone who just seems to disagree with everything I think?”

“How can anyone agree with that line of thinking?”

These days it...

Mar 15, 2017, by Sean Sevy

Is our (political) climate changing?

By Sean Sevy. Reprinted from Huffington Post

58c1bcaa27000018007491e1.pngIs climate change real? These days, that’s an issue of warm debate. Speaking of warm, let me suggest that perhaps the most severe issue these days isn’t the warming climate, but the warming political climate. In other words, when we try to have a constructive conversation about a sensitive subject like...

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    inspired by Arlie Hochschild's lecture yesterday. Sociologist and author of 'Strangers in their own land' - reflections from embedding in a 'red state' to just listen and learn. Brilliant!
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    I love this! Helping us make a path to one another. I want to understand the other side & love better.
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    I'm looking into starting a chapter of Living Room Conversations in San Francisco.
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    Is this one of the simplest ways forward? What other post-election activities are you giving your time and attention to?
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Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on revitalizing civil discourse through conversation. Living Room Conversations offers an open-source format to facilitate structured conversations among people of differing views and backgrounds. Through these conversations we hope to increase understanding of various issues, build relationships, and pave the way for collaborative and inclusive problem-solving.