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National Week of Conversation: Relationships over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family
April 5, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
April 5, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT(adjust for your time zone)
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Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone – no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others.
Join us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of 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?
Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:
- What are your early memories of talking politics with family or friends? What things went well?
- Was there anything difficult?
- What assumptions do you think those close to you may be making about your political identity?
- What assumptions do you make about friends’/family political identities?
You will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).
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