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Paradox: Our Weakness Is Our Strength

By Joan Blades. Reposted from AllSides. I began describing Living Room Conversations as a domestic peace initiative just over a year ago. Individuals and communities that were at odds or disconnected were intentionally

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What is Your Level of Listening?

By David Womeldorff & Donna Zajonc. Reposted from TED*. Are you a good listener? According to a recent business survey, even though people are frequently texting and checking their email

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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 Room Conversations model has about

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Hearing Every Voice

By Tom McSteen. Reposted from AllSides.com. How do you feel when your voice is heard? How do you feel when it is not? We all want our voice to be

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Walking With a Giant

By Carlyn Montes De Oca. Reposted from animalhumanhealth.com What do you feel when you disagree with someone – discomfort, distaste, anger? Do you confront them or shut them out? Do

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Contrarian or Jerk?

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reposted from AllSides. We all know them — and we may be them. Who? People who seem to tear down every idea, project or dream we’ve been

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Righteousness and Relationships

By Serena Witherspoon. Reprinted from Huffington Post. I am of a mixed racial background. My mom is a white first-generation American and spent a large chunk of her adolescence being raised

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Affordable Housing and the American Dream

By Joan Blades, Founding Partner, Living Room Conversations. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Last month I was part of a community Living Room Conversation event about affordable housing at the Peninsula JCC in Silicon Valley, a

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Will We Meet Up on the Bridge?

By Keith Kozloff. Reprinted from Huffington Post. What should one do when approaching the bridge over the political divide, but can’t see anyone coming from the other side? The goal

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The American dream

By Michael V. Rodriguez. Reprinted from Huffington Post. At 6 am as coffee attempts to dominate sleepiness I find a fitting state of mind to recall last night’s Living Room Conversation about

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What safety looks like

By Serena Witherspoon. Reprinted from Huffington Post. I ride my bike to school. When you enter Sproul Plaza (the entrance point at the South Side of the UC Berkeley campus) there

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It really is all about me

By Rev. Linda Taylor. Reprinted from Huffington Post. I just discovered that the thing I love best about Living Room Conversations is purely selfish. Living Room Conversations ring a lot of my bells. I

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Growing up in school for democracy

By John Kesler. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Maturity is one important lens for assessing progress in developing a healthier American democracy both in terms of competent citizenship and effective leadership. This

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Free Speech, Humus and a Koi Pond

By Rodney Ferguson. Reprinted from Huffington Post. I’m going to let you guys in on a secret: Oakland, Ca, despite its reputation, has many nice neighborhoods and beautiful homes. My last Living

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Inclusive not exclusive…

By Rev. Erik Swanson. Reprinted from Huffington Post. One of the intriguing conversations that underlies some of the political unrest over the last several weeks and months is the question of

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The case for civil discourse

By Billy Binion. Reprinted from Huffington Post. If you’ve tuned into the news at all within the last year, you’re aware of at least one thing – the political climate has

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A tale of two fathers

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from Huffington Post My father is a conservative, mid-western man of great principle. He is a practicing Catholic, a devoted husband, and he’s the first person I

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Fake news: a reflection

By Beth Raps. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Exactly one week ago, I hopped on a video call without much expectation except to learn more about Living Room Conversations. As our new

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Responding to the petri dish of hate

By Brandy Mello. Reprinted from Huffington Post.  With the shift in the American political climate, a slew of controversial speakers are gaining widespread attention. They’ve always had the platform, but the

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Agitation

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Have you felt it? That societal agitation resulting in more stress, conflict and stubbornness? I have. All inside myself. I find myself avoiding news, certain

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Who will save America?

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from Huffington Post. “If America is to be saved, it won’t be because we are us. It won’t be because some columnist wrote soothing words. It will

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