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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?
We all want to ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthy, consistently available food options. The purpose of this Living Room Conversation about Hunger and Health is to share perspectives on food insecurity in our communities, and to create new relationships between people who do not currently share the same viewpoints. We also want to encourage new ideas, opportunities, and sustained participation in solutions that will benefit our communites.
A joint nonprofit collaboration between Living Room Conversations and AllSides.com, AllSides for Schools helps educators teach essential skills in critical thinking, collaboration, listening and respectful discourse, media literacy and social-emotional learning.
Our unique focus on building relationships and revealing multiple viewpoints across the political spectrum avoids the potential problems with bias and disrespecting individual beliefs.
Explore the work of Living Room Conversations with communities of faith across the nation.
LRC at TED: Free Yourself from your Filter Bubbles
Watch the talk given by Joan Blades from Living Room Conversations and John Gable of AllSides at the TEDWomen Conference. Image links to TED website.
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.
If you knew Joan Blades, committed progressive, passionate climate change advocate, Berkeley, Calif., resident, you might think she would be feeling a little
As we enter the last few days of the 2018 midterm elections, I am again wondering when will we, the American citizens, say
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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By Joan Blades & John Gable. Reposted from The Aspen Institute. The Better Arguments Project is a new national civic initiative created to help bridge