|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.)|
|Invitation Sample||Invitation Sample|
Our first immigration conversation started in a Living Room Conversation that had been designed to focus on money in politics. Given the interest and passion on the topic, we decided to put the issue aside and convene a second conversation about immigration. In preparation for that conversation, we invited our group to share information online - in particular an item - a newspaper article, a report, a study, a source from a medium each participant trusted to inform his/her opinion(s) on immigration. That allowed us as a group to see a glimpse of the perspective(s) that we as individuals are entering into this conversation with. In that wide ranging conversation, we identified the Dream Act as potential common ground. We concluded that the issue area was very large and it would be good to break it into different segments, such as "How to deal with current undocumented immigrants" and "How to handle immigration policy for new immigrants." Design the frame of your conversation - and the specific questions, in a way that makes the most sense for you and your co-host.
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: Hopes and Concerns for The Future
Answer one or more of the following:
● What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your personal and / or professional 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: Immigration
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:
● What is at the heart of the matter for you? (In other words, what is that really matters to you related to immigration?
● What is your personal, family or friend’s experience that informs your beliefs about immigration?
● Where is it on your top-10 list? Why?
Round Four: What Are We Learning Here?
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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