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People on the left and right may disagree on many things, but they generally agree that “tribalism” is bad for our politics and our country. Although most people want communities where all people have dignity and respect, respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. How do we build strong and unified communities in a divisive time?

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Is it possible to use Living Room Conversations with our families and close friends? It is ultimately challenging, because family are more likely to break ‘host and guest’ social norms. The emotional stakes are higher, conversations are colored by long, deeply personal histories and it can feel easier to ‘take the gloves off’ and fight dirty, unconstrained by the politeness usually offered acquaintances. How might we hold the tension of our differences while working to repair connection and not further deepen division within our circle of family and friends?

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Faith Communities

Explore the work of Living Room Conversations with communities of faith across the nation.

Videos

Money in Politics: Robert Reich and Debbie Dooley

Watch a high-profile Living Room Conversation co-hosted by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Debbie Dooley and fmr. US Secretary of Labor and UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich.

American Creed Documentary

Watch a clip from the PBS documentary American Creed, featuring Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations.

Forgiveness

Watch our Living Room Conversation on “Forgiveness”, adapted in part from themes found in Anita L. Sanchez’s book The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times. Anita herself participates in this conversation.

Upcoming Events

Mon 21

Online Living Room Conversation: Forgiveness

January 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm UTC-8
Tue 22

Living Room Conversations Nuts & Bolts Training

January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-8
Tue 29

Online Living Room Conversation: Guns & Responsibility

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC-8

Press

What is a Living Room Conversation?

It's a simple concept that's surprisingly powerful.

Two conversation hosts from different viewpoints each invite one or two others to join together for structured conversation on a specific topic. (We have a lot of structured topic guides to choose from, or you can create your own).

The Conversation Agreements and structure help assure a good experience and allow participants to get to know each other.

Living Room Conversations can happen anywhere: our homes, coffee shops, conference spaces, churches, and even online via video chat. 

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Testimonial

By Gayle Yamauchi-Gleason Our organizer/volunteer, Gayle Yamauchi-Gleason shared the thoughtful write-up below about Living Room Conversations. I’m a Living Room Conversations organizer because the Living

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