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American culture: melting pot or salad bowl or something else?

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The American Melting Pot is a metaphor used since the 1780s to describe diverse cultures “melting” into one common American culture. As more and more people come here but maintain their homeland and regional cultures, it becomes harder and harder to describe a single, common American culture, perhaps the metaphor of a salad bowl is more appropriate today. Some people think this is as it should be, while others see value in a country having a shared culture, broadly speaking. In this conversation, we consider what IS American culture.

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status and privilege

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We joke about “keeping up with the Jones’s” — but there’s real competition in our society for status and the accompanying privilege. How do we decide what we most value that bestows this status?  While our country seems to favor wealth, there are other forms of status and privilege. What privilege do each of us enjoy? And how does that correspond with our status?  This conversation examines our own status and how we use our status in everyday life.  From education to wealth to gender to race, let’s talk about what we have…and what we desire. 

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the search for purpose

Talking about . . . the search for purpose

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In our current economy, our value is often based on earning power or visible signs of success. In our interactions with each other,we transact our business, our relationships and our lives. But what would happen if we set up a different valuation system? One which supported a “happiness quotient” in the measure of success?  What would that world and/or economy look like?

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digital dialogue

Talking about . . . taking a digital dialogue

Digital_Detox_1.jpgWe are in an age of wonder and amazement with technology. It can go anywhere with us and we can be reachable at any time. We use technology to order our groceries, navigate our cities, keep up with breaking news, family members living away and in some cases remain connected to our politicians and faith-based communities. Some have even suggested that technology is controlling us we have lost control of it...like an addiction. Is technology our friend, the life saving tool of the 21st Century? Moreover, we are now always reachable and can respond immediately to that beeping, buzzing and ringing of texts, emails and phone calls. We are now accustomed to the reward that we feel when our phones ring or ping us with a new message and that makes us want more.  

For this Living Room Conversation, we are partnering with Reboot, the founders of the National Day of Unplugging (NDU). The National Day of Unplugging, which runs from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, March 3 to 4, 2017, is an ongoing effort to encourage people to take a digital break to reflect on their digital habits. To receive a free cell phone sleeping bag and take the pledge to unplug go to http://nationaldayofunplugging.com/

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relationships first

Talking about . . . relationships

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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?

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Heart and Head: Relationships Matter

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the opportunity gap

Talking about . . . the opportunity gap

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Generally speaking, opportunity gap refers to inputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities), while achievement gap refers to outputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of educational results and benefits).

America prides itself on creating the opportunity for all citizens to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” We aspire to have a fair playing field and want every child to have the opportunity to succeed. There are strong indicators that we are not living up to our aspirations. Many communities and individuals are experiencing a tilted playing field. How can we respond?

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homelessness

Talking about . . . homelessness

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Homelessness in America is a problem that reminds us daily of our failure to be our best. How do we explain to children the presence of hungry, cold, neglected and often mentally ill men women and children on our streets in the midst of plenty? If we gather neighbors, business owners, health care workers, police, government officials, homeless people and their families in conversation might we build trust and begin to explore opportunities to do better? Conversations are admittedly only a starting point, but isn’t it time to start?

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social equity

Talking about . . . social equity

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Social equity can be defined as a commitment to promote fair, just, and equitable recognition of basic needs of all residents and the total community, and a commitment to diligently advocate for the provision of those needs to all residents and the total community. This conversation focuses on our own personal and community experiences with the idea of social equity and our beliefs that there is a common good in the recognition and acceptance of this idea.

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power and gender equity

Talking about . . . power and gender equity

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Women are increasingly sought out and encouraged to assume leadership positions in many walks of life, from business to community organizations to politics. While some call for further changes towards greater equality, others raise cautions about erasing any gender distinctions in an attempt to "make everything the same." Are there ways the further expansion of women's rights can complement traditional structures in society or are they destined to be at war? This broad topic on women and leadership can lead to many other conversations.

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race and ethnicity

Talking about . . . race and ethnicity

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We all want to live in a society that is fair and has opportunity for all. This conversation is an opportunity to explore our experience of race and ethnicity. Where are we and what do we aspire to for ourselves and our community?

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