Living Room Conversations is an open-source project exploring the power of revitalized civil discourse in America. Our vision is a world in which people who have fundamental differences of opinion and backgrounds work together with respect, and perhaps joy, to realize the vibrant future we all desire.
Our platform enables people to come together through social networks to engage in self-guided conversations about specific topics. Typically, conversations have co-hosts who hold differing views, perhaps from different ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds or political parties. Each co-host invites two friends and the group follows an easy-to-use format and set of questions to get acquainted with each other and with each other’s viewpoints on a chosen topic. These conversations foster new relationships and often reveal common ground.
We believe that post election there is going to be a great deal of work to do healing relationships so that our communities and our government can function effectively. Police community relations, clean energy, homelessness, the future of our nuclear weapons, immigration, money in politics- so many topics where our aspirations are fundamentally aligned yet our capacity to address these challenges is undermined by fragile or even hostile relationships. Many people have experienced relationships lost or diminished by partisan division. The time has come to create a culture of respect and appreciation for differences so that we can solve challenges benefitting from everyone’s best ideas and efforts. www.LivingRoomConversations.org