Author Archives: Joan Blades

When I agreed to host a Living Room Conversation about money in politics I did not realize how many issues the conversation might touch on. At first, when we engaged on other issues, I worried about getting side tracked. Then I realized that it was ok to get sidetracked. That was part of us getting to know each other. And occasionally when these other conversations looked like they could be a whole additional conversation we agreed to set the issue aside for now, with the understanding that if we Read More...

By Joan Blades -- On December 4, 2011, the Living Room Conversations Website went live and I co-hosted a demonstration Living Room Conversation gathering with my conservative partner Amanda Kathyrn Roman. I'm still feeling the glow. I expanded my understanding of where we might find common ground across party lines around reducing the influence of big money in politics, and people participating in the conversation expressed interest in a future Living Room Conversation about immigration. What a pleasure Read More...