Talking Politics

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Listen in as Erik Fogg and four friends "Talk Politics"

In this conversation, we explore our own experience about how we learned to talk about politics... or to avoid it.  We share stories about what has happened around our political conversations and consider the impact this has on our relationships with friends and family.  This ISN'T a conversation about issues themselves, but rather a discovery of how we decide who to relate to and at what depth, based on our knowledge of political views.

Holy smokes, yesterday was really quite amazing. I had some skepticism of how much I would personally get out of the LRC given "how advanced" I am in this world but... well, I was dead wrong.  We had huge emotional sharing and I learned stuff about people I knew that I didn't know [and] that has made us closer.   Erik Fogg, Co-author of Wedged

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 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: How Can We Talk About Politics and Stay Connected?

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 two of the following questions:

  • What happens with your family or friends when a political topic comes up?
  • Has political polarization affected your life and if so how?  
  • How and where should we talk about the pressing issues of our communities and country?
  • What is your family’s political identity? Did you talk politics and if you did was it a respectful conversation? How do you describe your political identity?
  • How would you like political engagement to look in this country?  
  • What is your vision for how to depolarize politics?

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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