Increasing Harmony and Prosperity

Conversation Guide

We are in constant relationship with each other in all aspects of our lives. In this conversation we explore the elements that enrich our lives and look for ways to increase our joy. What are the key characteristics of healthy relationships in your life related to personal, social, workplace and political interactions? Our hunch is that we may find common threads between all these areas – common threads that are healthy as well as unhealthy.

Background Information:

While you don’t need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. This topic references What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team (New York Times) and Building Trust (Newfield Network).

Let's Get Started!

This Living Room Conversation flows through three rounds of questions and a closing. Some rounds ask you to answer each question. Others feature multiple questions that serve as conversation starters — you need only respond to the one or two you find most interesting.

Before You Begin...

Please go over the Conversation Agreements with your participants.

Introductions: Getting Started/
Why Are We Here?

What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round 1: Core Values

Answer one or more of the following:
  • What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
  • What would your best friend say about who you are and what inspires you?
  • What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country?

Round 2:

What are your thoughts on Increasing Harmony and Prosperity?

Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer ​one or more of the following questions:
  • How do your relationships compare between your family, work and civic life?
  • What are key characteristics of your the healthiest relationships?
  • How do you make your connections with other people strong? What weakens or diminishes our connections with each other?
  • What factors into your decision to trust or not trust others?How do you hold personal and communal accountability within your personal and working relationships?

Round 3: Reflection & Next Steps

Answer ​one or more​ of the following questions:
  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful or valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation?
  • What new understanding or common ground did you find within this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?
  • Name one important thing that was accomplished here.
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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