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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

May 19, 2017, by Katie Page

Responding to the petri dish of hate

By Brandy Mello Picture1.png

With the shift in the American political climate, a slew of controversial speakers are gaining widespread attention. They’ve always had the platform, but the current outrage and occasional violent response puts them on a global stage. When protests turn into riots, the controversial speaker becomes a constitutional martyr and the protester...

May 05, 2017, by Debilyn Molineaux

Agitation

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from Huffington Post.590b89f417000039005a4d93.png

Have you felt it? That societal agitation resulting in more stress, conflict and stubbornness? 

I have. All inside myself.

I find myself avoiding news, certain people and being more abrupt than normal. I want to actively fight against those who are bullies — but sometimes they are just my...

Apr 25, 2017, by Mary Gaylord

Who will save America?

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from Huffington Post.Captain_America_2_by_ittamar12.jpg

“If America is to be saved, it won’t be because we are us. It won’t be because some columnist wrote soothing words. It will be because enough of us decided America was worth fighting for, and did.” - Leonard Pitts Jr, America is still well worth...

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    I never do this, but I just joined one of the most important movements I can think of right now. Here it is!
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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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    Hey, anyone interested in joining discussion around hot topics?
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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.