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build your own

design your own Living Room Conversation


We have 50 topics, but maybe you can’t find one that appeals to you? You can build your own topic with these easy guidelines.  

Keep the questions for rounds 1 and 2 the same. These questions help us get to acquainted with one another and discover our common humanity.

The “secret sauce” for Living Room Conversations are the open-ended questions in round 3. Here are some tips for developing your own great questions:
  • work with your cohost to come up with several questions that satisfy you both;
  • be curious. What would you ask if you didn’t have an opinion or position?
  • examine what your own position is on the topic. Notice if you are framing questions that favor your viewpoint or disallow other viewpoints.
  • how did you develop your own perspective?  What question would bring that out?
  • beware of including trigger words in your questions, like climate change, anti-___, rights and control. 

Keep the questions for rounds 4 and 5 the same. They are designed to allow you and your guests to appreciate each other and declare any future action.

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Background reading (optional)

While you don't need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. Our partner, AllSides, has prepared a variety of articles reflecting multiple sides of this topic. 

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