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A conversation between people that share the same opinion is simply a conversation. A conversation between people that have different opinions holds the possibility of becoming explosive. A Living Room Conversation between people that have differing viewpoints provides the opportunity for understanding... collaboration... innovation... solutions. Imagine the ripple effect of Living Room Conversations throughout the country -- those conversations would build a healthier democracy. Join us!

Topic Neutral Materials

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General Packet Participant Packet and Conversation Guide for Topic of Your Choice
Invitation Sample Invitation Sample
LRC PowerPoint Introduction to Living Room Conversations

You can view the questions that were specifically designed for these Living Room Conversations here:

Specific Conversation Materials

 

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Political Issues
For the Day of Conversation - Crony Capitalism Crony Capitalism Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Energy Energy Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Entertainment & Media Entertainment & Media Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Feminism Feminism Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Homelessness Homelessness Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: Immigration Immigration Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation. (All or most of the participants in this LRC have had one LRC together & have now chosen to gather for a 2nd LRC.)
For the Day of Conversation: Media & Polarization Media & Polarization Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation. (All or most of the participants in this LRC have had one LRC together & have now chosen to gather for a 2nd LRC.)
For the Day of Conversation: Money In Politics Money in Politics Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: National Basic Income National Basic Income Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: Opportunity Gap Opportunity Gap Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: Social Equity Social Equity Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: Rebuilding America – Roads, Bridges & More Rebuilding America – Roads, Bridges & More Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Women, Leadership & Power Women in Leadership Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation -To Vote or Not to Vote Youth Voting Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation- The Future of Nuclear Weapons The Future of Nuclear Weapons Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation -Increasing Our Harmony and Prosperity Increasing Our Harmony and Prosperity Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
Criminal Justice Reform
For the Day of Conversation - Impact of Gangs Impact of Gangs Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Legalized Marijuana Legalized Marijuana Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Mental Health, Addiction & Incarceration Mental Health, Addiction & Incarceration Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation. Please note: Living Room Conversations are not support groups and do not provide mental health services.
For the Day of Conversation - Police-Community Relations Police-Community Relations Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Race & Incarceration Race & Incarceration Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Release & Recidivism Release & Recidivism Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
Education
For the Day of Conversation - Free Speech & Schools Free Speech & Schools Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Impact of Gangs Impact of Gangs Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Resilient Schools & Kids Resilient Schools & Kids Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Student Debt Student Debt Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Zero Tolerance Zero Tolerance Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
Health
For the Day of Conversation - Mental Health Mental Health Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation. Please note: Living Room Conversations are not support groups and do not provide mental health services.
For the Day of Conversation - Mental Health, Addiction & Incarceration Mental Health, Addiction & Incarceration Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation. Please note: Living Room Conversations are not support groups and do not provide mental health services.
Constitutional Matters
For the Day of Conversation - American Dream American Dream Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Entertainment & Media Entertainment & Media Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Faith in Society Faith in Society Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - The Search for Purpose The Search for Purpose Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Freedom Freedom Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Guns & Responsibiliity Guns & Responsibiliity Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation - Privacy & Security Privacy & Security Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.

Adaptations

Living Room Conversations on criminal justice reform, mental health and childhood trauma are currently being designed and populated. What would you like to discuss? If you would like help creating a Living Room Conversation around your chosen topic or area of concern, please fill out this form:

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These conversations often reveal common ground and participants find themselves uncovering shared values, concerns, and interests that they did not know or think were possible to exist among people with such seemingly opposing viewpoints. Many of the people who have engaged in a Living Room Conversation have a strong desire to talk further in such a setting and have continued to engage in their community. We plan to learn more about these next conversations so that we can develop helpful guides for ongoing conversation.The Living Room Conversations model starts with self-identified ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ co-hosts. Each co-host then reaches out to friends, family members, associates and neighbors to invite two additional participants who share their worldview. Living Room Conversations provides you with free, open-source materials that will guide you through an evening of conversation. This project is ever evolving based upon participant feedback so we strongly encourage you to take notes and share your experiences & recommendations with us to make this process as accessible as possible to Americans from all walks of life.Read about one host's experience with a Living Room Conversation in New Hampshire on the topic of Energy/Climate Change.Standard Living Room Conversations have self-identified co-hosts who hold differing views. They may be from different ethnic groups, socio-economic backgrounds or political parties. Each co-host invites two of their friends to join the conversation. Participants follow an easy to use format offering a structure and a set of questions for getting acquainted with each other and with each other’s viewpoints on the topic of the conversation.

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Conversation Guidelines, Structure and Outline: Campus Conversation Campus Conversations Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
Overview & Agenda: Community Energy Conversations Community Energy Conversations Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
Overview & Agenda: Community LRC Community LRC Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: Conferences Conferences Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: New Hampshire Listens New Hampshire Listens Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.
For the Day of Conversation: Sedona Project Sedona Project Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation
For the Day of Conversation - Relationships Matter- Middle School & High School Relationships
Matter- Middle Sch432ool & High School
Overview, links to resources and conversation guide for the day of your conversation.