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affordable housing

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing is considered affordable when a person pays no more than 30 percent of income toward housing costs, including utilities. When people pay more than 30 percent of income toward housing costs, they are considered “housing cost burdened,” and when they pay more than 50 percent, they are considered severely housing cost burdened.

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America we want to be: founding aspirations

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When the Declaration of Independence was written, not everyone was included in the famous statement about “pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  And while the aspirations expressed in our founding documents resonate for some more than others, there are many views regarding the degree to which we have advanced these aspirations for everyone. Some focus more on the great strides we have made; others point to how far we still need to go. Some believe that focusing on the past prevents forward progress; others think we still need to come to terms with our shadow side.

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opportunity gap

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Talking about . . . the opportunity gap

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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increasing harmony and prosperity

Talking about . . . increasing harmony and prosperity

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We are in constant relationship with each other in all aspects of our lives. In this conversation we explore the elements that enrich our lives and look for ways to increase our joy. What are the key characteristics of healthy relationships in your life related to personal, social, workplace and political interactions? Our hunch is that we may find common threads between all these areas – common threads that are healthy as well as unhealthy.

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freedom

Talking about . . . freedom

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Freedom is a key concept in America’s founding documents.We are proud to be a free people. This said, there are legitimate differing interpretations of what freedom means."Live and let live" is great until the freedom to use my property as I see fit interferes with your property. Or when someone’s speech harms another person's freedoms. Is it ever good for the government to limit an assembly of citizens? How do we celebrate our freedom and care for it so that it reflects our highest values? This conversation asks key questions and invites you to explore the many facets of freedom.

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rebuilding America's infrastructure

Talking about . . . rebuilding America's infrastructure

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As we travel around the country, we experience the blessing of a robust infrastructure that was largely built during the Great Depression as public works projects. And as many of us know, a high percentage of these public works have not been maintained or are being used beyond their intended lifespan. So what do we do? How can we maintain our robust infrastructure without breaking the taxpayers’ backs? Who shares the responsibility for bridges, roads, rail, water systems, etc? This conversation is an invitation to look closely at public works and talk about the real value we receive . . . or don’t. 

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the America we want to be

Talking about . . . the America we want to be

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America’s promise of liberty, opportunity and equality has drawn people from around the world. We have been a magnet for people that have been persecuted. Today there is a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe — families are fleeing for their lives. Nobody wants children to suffer, yet they do. Europe and the world are trying to respond to the needs of these families. What is our role?

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American dream

Talking about . . . the American dream

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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).

Since early in America’s history, the American dream was the belief that anyone in this country (including immigrants) could make it if they worked hard enough. Some people believe this has always been an illusion, while others point to it as a legitimate heritage of our country. Similar differences in perspective exist today: Is the American Dream alive and well or do the realities of today’s American economy and socio-political structure hamper certain groups of people so they cannot achieve what others might? What do you find inspiring about your personal American dream? Different perspectives on this issue are rarely explored — and we hope you have fun doing so in your conversation!

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