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What's Next U.S.? (Post-Midterms 2018)

The 2016 Presidential Election brought unprecedented attention to our political system and put our differences into stark relief. Many observe that in the past two years, we’ve become even more divided as a country. Now, after another socially polarized election, this conversation allows us to start exploring ‘what’s next.’ 

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Relationships over Politics

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?


International Day of Tolerance - #TogetherWeSpeak campaign

Living Room Conversations is partnering with National Conversation Project  and civic organizations around the world hosting virtual conversation events for the global SPEAK! campaign November 16-18 around the International Day for Tolerance.

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Faith Communities

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


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.

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.  

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Fri 16

What’s Next U.S.? Event: 11/16 on What’s Next U.S.?

November 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Fri 16

What’s Next U.S.? Event: 11/16 on Tolerance

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5
Sat 17

What’s Next U.S.? Event: 11/17 on Tolerance

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-5


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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