Author Archives: Amanda Kathryn Roman

About Amanda Kathryn Roman

Co-Creator of Living Room Conversations, Social Entrepreneur, Coalition Builder, Game Changer, Transpartisan Free Market Political Strategist

Mark Meckler (co-founder, Tea Party Patriots) and Joan Blades (co-founder, MoveOn.org) come from opposite ends of the political spectrum and should be mortal enemies if the current level of political discourse in Washington D.C. is anything to go by. Instead, they found a way to calmly share their beliefs and discovered that while "right" and "left" obviously don't agree on everything, they share a lot more common ground than anyone thought. WATCH the video NOW!       Read More...

It was only a living room conversation.  But: this living room conversation, earlier in the month, was between two clashing political titans: the co-founder ofMoveOn.org, Joan Blades, and the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, the largest and most authentic of the Tea Party groups, Mark Meckler.  Neither represented their respective organizations; they were there in their personal capacities only.  Tabula rasa, all to the good. A great rapport, without compromising principles, developed. Read Read More...

It was a mind-blowing political tableau: a co-founder of liberal bulwark MoveOn sitting in her Berkeley living room, laughing, sharing homemade blueberry scones and occasionally agreeing with a national Tea Party figure. Truth is, MoveOn's Joan Blades - clad in Lululemon yoga pants and clogs - and Mark Meckler, sporting a leather cowboy vest, boots and a belt buckle larger than a baby's head - have been talking online and over the phone for a few years now. Quietly, until now. "Transpartisanship" Read More...

My Living Room Conversations project partner, Joan Blades, was just named a ‘Lifetime Revolutionary’ by Newsweek Magazine for co-founding MoveOn.org with her husband, Wes Boyd. Upon learning of this honor, Joan said: "I've never thought of myself as a revolutionary, but maybe I am.  I hope people will now join in what I see as the best possible revolution, Living Room Conversations. LRCs bring average Americans together for civil conversation across the political divide to forge relationships Read More...

I recently invited people to share blog posts explaining How You Will Change the World in 2012 for the new Social Good Blog Series I launched earlier this month. Changing the World requires planning and it's important to think about what problems really need solving. I wasn't sure what kind of response I'd get to this call for big ideas. You all didn't disappoint. I hope you enjoy reading some of these ideas as much as I did! I'm sharing a taste of what people shared here and a link to each person's Read More...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Joan Blades, Joan@LivingRoomConversations.org Amanda Kathryn Roman, Amanda@LivingRoomConversations.org November 28, 2011 (CALIFORNIA)… Joan Blades and Amanda Kathryn Roman will demonstrate a groundbreaking self-guided Living Room Conversation amongst individuals with a broad spectrum of political perspectives on the topic of money in politics during the 6th Annual Engaging the Other Conference at Santa Clara University on December 3rd. Roman, a conservative Read More...

By Amanda Kathryn Roman & Joan Blades ~ On December 4th we co-hosted our first public Living Room Conversation at the 6th Annual Engaging the Other Conference. While this was not the recommended intimate setting for a Living Room Conversation, what with an audience watching us and a camera filming our interactions, the core guidelines for our conversation coupled with six participants who wanted to expand their worldview proved to be perfect for a thoughtful and respectful conversation. We had Read More...

By Amanda Kathryn Roman ~ If you look back throughout the history of our country, many of our grand visions and democratic ideas began with informal conversations in taverns and parlors, coffee shops and living rooms. Patriots, activists, elected officials and volunteers, these Americans talked about their passions, hopes and dreams to good effect. They developed transformative action plans in the melting pot that is the United States of America. Sadly, at this time, the art of civil conversation Read More...