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Getting Started

You can bridge divides TODAY – Join a video conversation, host a conversation of your own, and tap into a community of people involved in the work of connection.

Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides - politics, age, gender, race, nationality, and more.

Getting at the heart of what we share in common with one another, these conversations have powerful, positive impacts across society – including a sense of respect, understanding, and even friendship in unexpected places!

WATCH: Excerpts from a Living Room Conversation on “The America We Want to Be”

Join an Upcoming Conversation

Thu 28

Forgiveness

May 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
Jun 02

Freedom

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
Jun 12

Join our Community

Sign Up

If you haven't already, please sign up to join our community. Sharing more about yourself will help us develop new programs and technologies for bridging divides.

Volunteer with Us

Passionate about connecting across divides? Want to do more than host? See what opportunities are available to get more involved.

Join the Facebook Community

Our Facebook Community helps connect hosts and conversation participants.

Host a Conversation

Living Room Conversations can take place in person or online video chat. There are six easy steps to hosting your own! Need additional support? Check out our hosting guidelines for in person and video conversations below.

1. Choose a topic

Living Room Conversations has over 100 topics ready to discuss or your can build your own. Each topic has targeted questions for your group to answer.

2. Choose a cohost and invite friends

Try to choose a cohost with a different perspective on your chosen topic. Each cohost should invite two participants. Look for people who are curious about others' viewpoints or want to share their own.

3. Choose a date and location

To make scheduling easy, try an app like Doodle, that helps people coordinate availability. Decide on a comfortable space - maybe an actual living room, your favorite coffee shop, or even online.

4. Tell us about your Conversation

Registering your conversation connects you to a national network of support, and helps to iterate and grow our open-source project. You can tell us about your conversation here.

5. Have your conversation

After everyone has gathered, go over the Conversation Agreements.

These guidelines let everyone know what is expected of them and create a positive environment for your group to have a great conversation.

6. Give Feedback

Feedback is a critical part of the Living Room Conversations model. It helps us learn and adapt to better serve the needs of our participants. There's a lot going on behind the scenes - we're developing some exciting new programs and technologies and your feedback will help us do that.

You can give us feedback on your experience here.

Hosting Best Practices

  1. Make introductions and take care of any housekeeping items at the start of your conversation.

  2. Assure participants that what matters is their personal perspectives, not how much they know about a subject.

  3. Read aloud the topic introductory paragraph from the conversation guide.

  4. Take turns reading the conversation agreements aloud until they have all been read.

  5. Begin your conversation with round 1 and continue through all three rounds.

  6. Be attentive to all participants getting a chance to speak each round; this may involve “calling on” participants and/or noticing if participants raise their hands.

  7. At the end of the conversation, please share the feedback form link with participants and ask them to fill it out – so we can continue to improve Living Room Conversations.

Hosting with Video Chat

  • Make sure you have your topic materials available. It’s helpful to read them over before the conversation.

  • Position yourself so you are not backlit (i.e., avoid sitting in front of a window or lamp).

  • Using headphones plugged into your computer can enhance your audio experience.

  • Try to minimize environmental distractions (e.g.barking dogs, ringing phones, etc). If you have unexpected noise, please mute yourself until things quiet down.

  • Test out your video platform about 10-15 minutes ahead of time, if you can.

  • At the end of the conversation, please send your participants the feedback form link.

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