Relationships Matter

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Why Relationships Matter

How we treat each other is the difference between a great place to live and a bad place to live. We shape our world through relationships. Most people agree we want communities where all people have dignity and respect. Yet respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. And far too many people feel disrespected in their lives. What is our role in these dynamics? This Living Room Conversation is designed to create a space to talk about our experiences and shared aspirations. 

Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here

A Living Room Conversation flows through 5 rounds of questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?

  • What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: 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 makes you “tick”?
  • What most concerns you about your community and/or the country right now and long-term?

Round Three: Relationship experiences.

Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • Have you ever seen or been in a conversation where people were not listening to each other?  How did that turn out?
  • Have you ever taken a position or voiced an idea that was very different from a group you are part of?  How did that feel? Or have you ever decided against speaking out because it just wasn’t worth the repercussions?  
  • Can you remember a time when you and a friend interpreted the same information very differently?  Why do you think that happened?
  • Describe a friend or relative with whom you are able to talk about hard things in a respectful way and “hold the tension of your differences.”  What is the difference you have with this person - and why do you find it worthwhile to talk in this respectful way together?
  • When have you used respect and listening to resolve a problem? Did it work?

 

Round Four: Reflection

Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
  • What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps

Answer both of the following questions:

  • What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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