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November 2019

Training: A Holiday Recipe for Talking Politics with Family (w/ Optional 30-Min. Q&A with Hosts)

November 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST

A Holiday Recipe for Talking Politics with Family: Hour-Long Trainingwith Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts November 18, 2019 @ 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT (adjust for your time zone) Join us for an hour-long training with tips from the staff at Living Room Conversations about how (and when) to talk politics with family over the holidays while preserving your relationships. Many have asked us for this before, so based on our Friends and Family Tip Sheet we published last year, we’re making this…

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Relationships Over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

November 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Relationships over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family Nov 21, 2019 @ 7 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) 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…

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December 2019

Communicating with Care: w/ Optional 30 Min. Host Q&A

December 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST

Communicating with CareDecember 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm EASTERN / 9:00 am PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)We may want to communicate with others in such a way that we gain knowledge and bridge divides, but those conversations don’t always come naturally. Most of us struggle to self-evaluate our communication skills and we might be unaware of words and actions that shut down healthy dialogue when discussing divisive issues. In this conversation we will actively share and explore what works and…

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The Power of Empathy, With Optional 30 Min. Host Q&A

December 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

The Power of EmpathyDecember 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EASTERN / 4:00 pm PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Empathy goes beyond concern or sympathy. Empathy is stepping into the shoes of another with the intention to better understand and feel what they are experiencing.  It is expressed in our choice to be fully present with someone and listen beyond their words for their feelings and unmet needs. Knowing that at least one other person “gets what I’m going through” is the…

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Introduction to Living Room Conversations

December 6, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PST

December 6, 2019 @ 12:30 PM Eastern Time/ 9:30 PM Pacific Time (adjust for your time zone)Join us for 60 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, the origins, how they're structured, and how to participate.Registration will close 4 hours before the training begins. Please sign up only if you know you can attend.  A Zoom link to join the training and additional details will be sent to you the…

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Training: A Holiday Recipe for Talking Politics with Family (w/ Optional 30-Min. Q&A with Hosts)

December 10, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST

A Holiday Recipe for Talking Politics with Family:Hour-Long Training with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with HostsDecember 10, 2019 @ 7:30pm Eastern Time/ 4:30pm Pacific Time (adjust for your time zone)Join us for an hour-long training with tips from the staff at Living Room Conversations about how (and when) to talk politics with family over the holidays while preserving your relationships. Many have asked us for this before, so based on our Friends and Family Tip Sheet we published last year, we’re making this our…

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January 2020

Women, Leadership, and Power w/ Optional 30 Min. Host Q&A

January 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

Women, Leadership, and Power Living Room ConversationJanuary 5, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Women are increasingly sought out and encouraged to assume leadership positions in many walks of life, from business to community organizations to politics. While some call for further changes towards greater equality, others raise cautions about erasing any gender distinctions in an attempt to “make everything the same.” Are there ways the further expansion of women’s rights can complement traditional structures…

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More Curious, Less Furious (w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!)

January 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Much of current media and culture tout the idea that we should view those who disagree with us as enemies. How can we solve the major problems of our day by only engaging with those who think like us? Research is showing that CURIOSITY which seeks diverse perspectives can open the mind, develop empathy, allay fears and encourage self-awareness and humility. Curiosity about how and why other people arrive at…

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Lunch Hour Conversation: The America We Want to Be (w/Optional 30 Min with Hosts)

January 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST

January 16, 2020 @ NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Join us for this new shortened one hour format designed for your lunch hour, regardless of your timezone! The Declaration of Independence has a famous statement that says that we are endowed with the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But when this was written in 1776, it did not include everyone. There are many views about this statement. Some say that we’ve made great…

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Freedom: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

7:00 PM EASTERN /4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Freedom is a key concept in America’s founding documents.We are proud to be a free people. This said, there are legitimate differing interpretations of what freedom means. “Live and let live” is great until the freedom to use my property as I see fit interferes with your property. Or when someone’s speech harms another person’s freedoms. Is it ever good for the government to limit an assembly of citizens? How do…

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2020 Election – Concerns and Aspirations: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

2020 Election - Concerns and Aspirations: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)As the 2020 election approaches our national anxiety is ramping up. Countless voices clamor for our attention—our donations—our time—our votes. Headlines and news broadcasts may present conflicting reports on issues to bolster specific views. Shrill ads play to our fears and overwhelm our senses. As we prepare to cast our ballots amidst all this noise,…

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Introduction to Living Room Conversations

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST

January 31, 2020 @ 12:00 PM Eastern Time/ 9:00 AM Pacific Time (adjust for your time zone)Join us for 60 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, the origins, how they're structured, and how to participate.Registration will close 2 hours before the training begins. Please sign up only if you know you can attend.  A Zoom link to join the training and additional details will be sent to you the…

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February 2020

Lunch Hour: Empathy: w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST

LUNCH HOUR: EMPATHY12:00 pm EASTERN /  9:00 am PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Empathy goes beyond concern or sympathy. Empathy is stepping into the shoes of another with the intention to better understand and feel what they are experiencing.  It is expressed in our choice to be fully present with someone and listen beyond their words for their feelings and unmet needs. Knowing that at least one other person “gets what I’m going through” is the gift of empathy. The power…

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Impeachment: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

7:00 PM EASTERN /4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)The House of Representatives has voted on two articles of impeachment that make Donald Trump the third president in American history to be impeached. The news media has heavily focused on this process for over three months. Whether or not the Senate trial results in acquittal or conviction, the process and vote of impeachment seems to have increased conversations and concerns about political polarization, the role  of the news media and…

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Fellowship and Friendships, the Rotary 4-Way-Test: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)In our current environment of miscommunication, misunderstanding and mistrust, what can we learn from the Rotary International principles and approach to fellowship and friendship leading to service above self? How can The Four-Way Test be a useful guide to better communication, understanding and trust with  both strangers and friends? The Four-Way Test asks us to consider the following four questions about what we think, say or  do:  1. Will it…

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Race and Ethnicity: A Special Three-Part Series

February 14 @ 10:30 am - February 28 @ 12:00 pm PST

Please join us for a 3-part conversation series on Race & Ethnicity on Fridays Feb. 14, Feb. 21, and Feb. 28 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET / 10:30 am - NOON PT!  (Adjust for your time zone.) Check out this four-minute video from our first Race & Ethnicity Conversation Series to get a taste of this conversation! In this series of three conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all…

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Gender: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) What’s the big deal about gender? In this conversation we will explore biological sex, gender identity, and gender expression to better understand how these concepts impact your life and the lives of others. We will use the following definitions: Biological Sex- refers to the biological anatomy of an individual’s reproductive system, and secondary sex characteristics (male, female, intersex, etc.) Gender Identity- an individual’s concept/identity of themself (man, woman, trans,…

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Fake News: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

7:00 Pm EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) News and an independent press are a crucial part of a healthy democracy. The electorate needs good information to make informed decisions. What are the consequences of having fake news in our news mix? What is fake news? Is it possible to identify fake news so that consumers recognize it as such? Do we have a healthy media culture and if not what would a healthy media culture look…

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March 2020

Mental Health: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

Mental Health: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN /12:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Most people agree that we want to reduce the stigma around mental health issues so that individuals and families are more inclined to seek help. Many people look to traditional western medicine for the primary answers to mental health problems. There is growing interest in exploring a wider variety of ways to support people facing mental health challenges. The…

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Lunch Hour: Technology and Relationships: w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST

12:00 PM EASTERN /9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) We are in an age of wonder and amazement with technology. It can go anywhere with us and we can be reachable at any time. We use technology to order our groceries, navigate our cities, keep up with breaking news, family members living away and in some cases remain connected to our politicians and faith-based communities. So many of us are reachable and can respond immediately to beeping, buzzing and…

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Weave the Social Fabric: 60 – Minute Conversation

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST
CO United States

Join us for a 60-minute Living Room Conversation video call we are hosting along with the Center for the Study of Liberty* on “Weave the Social Fabric,” which is described below, along with a list of the central questions we’ll explore together. Click HERE to register.  *The mission of the Center for the Study of Liberty is to support the building of a free society by creating spaces for civil conversations among independent thinkers. The Center organizes collaborative events and curates…

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The America We Want to Be: 60 – Minute Conversation

March 4 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Join us for a 60-minute Living Room Conversation video call we are hosting along with the Center for the Study of Liberty* on “The America We Want to Be”, which is described below, along with a list of the central questions we’ll explore together. Click HERE to register.  *The mission of the Center for the Study of Liberty is to support the building of a free society by creating spaces for civil conversations among independent thinkers. The Center organizes collaborative…

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Parenting: Protecting and Empowering Children: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

March 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) For the past few generations, Americans have been told to worry about “Stranger Danger,” the idea that mean people are roaming the streets, the malls, and even the aisles of the grocery store ready to snatch, hurt, and traffic children. The crime rate has plummeted since the early ‘90s, but fear for the safety of children has not. Instead, we have seen ever-increasing supervision of our children. Adult supervision…

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Introduction to Living Room Conversations

March 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

March 12, 2020 @ 12:00 PM Eastern Time/ 9:00 AM Pacific Time (adjust for your time zone) Join us for 60 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, the origins, how they're structured, and how to participate. Registration will close 2 hours before the training begins. Please sign up only if you know you can attend.   A Zoom link to join the training and additional details will be sent…

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The Power of Empathy: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Empathy goes beyond concern or sympathy. Empathy is stepping into the shoes of another with the intention to better understand and feel what they are experiencing.  It is expressed in our choice to be fully present with someone and listen beyond their words for their feelings and unmet needs. Knowing that at least one other person “gets what I’m going through” is the gift of empathy. The power of…

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Coronavirus Living Room Conversation

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 7:00 PM EASTERN /4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are…

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Coronavirus Living Room Conversation

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 1:00 PM EASTERN /10:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are…

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Coronavirus Living Room Conversation 3/24

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN /NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are physically…

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Coronavirus Living Room Conversation 3/26

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN /NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are physically…

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Guns & Responsibility Living Room Conversation

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Q&A with Hosts!7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Guns, the second amendment, and gun control are topics that often bring forth strong passions and opinions. They are repeatedly used to put people into two neat categories: those for stronger gun rights and those for stronger gun control, Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives. However, things are not always that simple. This conversation focuses on our own personal experience…

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How to Have Online Living Room Conversations

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

30-Minute Training with Optional 30-Minute Q&A 1:00 PM EASTERN / 10:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources to help you stay connected.  We are offering a new, free, 30-minute training focused on how to have your own Living Room Conversation via online/video. In this training, we will: 1) hear from you about your online conversation needs, 2) review how to participate in our online Living…

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Coronavirus Living Room Conversation 3/31

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN /NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are physically…

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April 2020

Coronavirus Living Room Conversation 4/02

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Our Newest Conversation Topic! Coronavirus: Information in the Time of Corona 90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) During this pandemic, all of us are searching for accurate, fair and thorough information about the coronavirus. The volume of posts, tweets, emails, broadcasts, rumors and well-meant advice directed at us is formidable. We are doing our best to protect our families and communities from the spread of infection, and identifying…

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How to Organize Your Own Living Room Conversations

April 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources to help you stay connected.  We are offering a new, free training focused on how to have your own Living Room Conversation via online/video. In this training, we will: 1) hear from you about your online conversation needs, 2) review how to…

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How to Use Zoom for Living Room Conversations

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A Do you facilitate ongoing in-person Living Room Conversations and wish to bring your group online using Zoom? Or, are you considering starting your own online Living Room Conversation? The staff at Living Room Conversations would like to share what they have learned about hosting successful conversations using Zoom. This training will cover the basics of preparing for…

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