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home for the holidays

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It's no secret we sometimes disagree with families and friends. What seems secret is how to handle it when we do! At Living Room Conversations, we specialize in structuring challenging conversations so they are safe and enjoyable using our Conversation Agreements and Conversation Guides.

Wouldn't it be great if we could talk to family and friends as respectfully as people in Living Room Conversations talk to strangers? We realized it could be useful to share our Conversation Agreements more broadly for the holidays. They are good to keep in mind for kinder dinner-table conversations. True, others may not be following the Conversation Agreements but sometimes good practices can be contagious and you can have the satisfaction of feeling better about your own part in the conversation.  

Click here if you would like a pdf of the guide.

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righteousness and relationships

Talking about . . . righteousness and relationshipswrongright.jpg

Racist, sexist, homophobe even nazi, these words have lost their power for many conservatives.  They don’t believe that these words describe them. They experience this as name calling - part of an ongoing effort to undermine people on the right who have different values. Latte drinking liberal, femi-nazi, elitist, these are a few of the words that are used to dismiss people on the left.  So now we are caught in a culture war where we are all losing. Losing friends, losing family, losing the ability to solve problems in a way that respects and honors the needs of everyone affected. How do we change this dynamic?  Is there a way for us to tap into the kindness and goodwill that we’ve seen in friends across the political spectrum?

Click here if you would like a pdf of the following topic material to share with your cohost and friends.

On a time crunch? Here is our condensed 3 round version.

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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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gangs

Talking about . . . gangs and their impact

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In the 1980s, the issue of gangs in America received a great deal of attention, with a focus on the role of gangs in the drug war, dangers to Americans and their impact on youth, in particular. Since that time, there has been less public discussion about gangs, even though they haven’t gone away. It is well established that our criminal justice system is filled with gang members. Have gangs touched your life? Or someone you know? What is it about gangs that they continue to flourish in the most dismal conditions? What we learn about gangs may well assist us in improving our communities.

Click here if you would like a pdf of the following topic material to share with your cohost and friends.

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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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immigration

Talking about . . . immigration

immigration.jpgDemographics in our country are changing. New people with different languages and cultures now live in communities that once had much less diversity. Some community members are concerned about these changes as they fondly remember a less diverse time that, for them, provided a greater sense of stability and cohesion. Other community members find demographic changes invigorating and welcome the opportunity and effort to create a sense of shared community amidst diversity. Considering our past, present and future, what does it mean to be an American? And what are the implications for immigration in the 21st Century?

Click here if you would like a pdf of the following topic material to share with your cohost and friends.

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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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Want to listen to an actual Living Room Conversation?

We have many podcasts and videos of actual Living Room Conversations, on many topics.  Click HERE to listen or view.

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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?

Click here if you would like a pdf of the following topic material to share with your cohost and friends.

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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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Want to listen to an actual Living Room Conversation?

We have many podcasts and videos of actual Living Room Conversations, on many topics.  Click HERE to listen or view.

 

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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?

Click here if you would like a pdf of the following topic material to share with your cohost and friends.

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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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Want to listen to an actual Living Room Conversation?

We have many podcasts and videos of actual Living Room Conversations, on many topics.  Click HERE to listen or view.

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food

Talking about . . . food

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Food is life itself. Food is sensual. Food can be used to manipulate. Food can be used to shame. Food can be used to show love. Food can be a sign of status. Food can be political. Does this make you hungry for more? In this conversation, we explore our personal relationship with food and the societal implications from individual choices.

Click here if you would like a pdf of the following topic material to share with your cohost and friends.

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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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Want to listen to an actual Living Room Conversation?

We have many podcasts and videos of actual Living Room Conversations, on many topics.  Click HERE to listen or view.

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