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...

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 Elisa Batista ~ I am a partisan progressive. I am 34 years old, vote in every mid-term and presidential election and have never voted for a Republican in my life. I am a social justice activist and am married to one of the most prominent progressive activists in the country, Markos Moulitsas, publisher of the Daily Kos. You can imagine his reaction when I decided to drive an hour away from our home in Berkeley, California on a Saturday afternoon to partake in a trans-partisan dialogue with 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...

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...

By: Elisa Batista BEDFORD, NH -- What's up? On Monday night, I co-hosted the second ever trans-partisan living room conversation, "Changing the Game", as part of a pilot program launched by Joan Blades of MoveOn.org and MomsRising.org. The first one took place in Colorado and the second one, this past Monday, took place near my parents' neck of the woods, Bedford, New Hampshire. I co-hosted with Kevin Smith, executive director of the conservative Cornerstone Institute here in New Hampshire, Read More...