belonging starts with
explore the 2022 annual report by clicking the topics below
For the first time in several years I had a Living Room Conversation in my actual living room. Friends who identified as conservative, libertarian, progressive, and moderate came together in the space post- overturning of Roe v. Wade, pre- Midterm Elections. I watched their initial hesitance (one said he was so nervous he almost threw up) melt into laughter, ease, and tears as we took turns listening to the story behind the story we each shared. We had unanimous agreement that freedom of choice was a fundamental American value while grappling with what that looked like in different contexts. One friend said, “I don’t know why we think we need to agree all the time, I don’t agree with my husband on most things, but we’re still happy and together.” In that conversation we moved past the pressure to agree on everything. Instead, we created belonging… we created community.
At LRC we want everyone to experience the magic of feeling seen and heard in their individual lives, joys, pain, and frustrations. 2022 was full of those moments!
We focused on Mental Health and Belonging as major themes this year and created a Mental Health Resources page. One of our high school Youth Council members created a Mental Health for Youth guide and said, “” Our Racial Equity Partner (also a high school educator) created Mental Health for Educators and piloted it with a cohort of her peers. “Quote from convo”
The current headlines promote a message of intractability, we can’t collaborate, we’re too polarized, 15% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats say we’d be better off if large numbers of the opposite party “just died”…. We want to paint a different picture– people gathering online, in living rooms, churches, libraries, and campuses to approach each other with curiosity, a willingness to listen, and a question. Over the year we worked with so many individuals and organizations who were tired of the divisive narrative and just wanted to talk. After the shooting in Uvalde, TX our Mental Health for Educators guide saw a 547% increase. I hope for a world where our response to tragedy, confusion, political turmoil, disinformation, and persisting social issues is to turn to each other in conversation. To create community.
I am so grateful to move this work forward alongside our LRC community, partners, and supporters. I celebrate the moments of belonging we experienced this year and look forward to more of them in the coming year. I am personally committed to at least one Living Room Conversation each month, I hope you’ll join me!
Check out our small and mighty team below! We work together remotely, from all over the country, to bring people together!
journey though '22
As a veteran in the field, we have been so encouraged with the momentum, increased funding, and numbers of organizations looking to bridge divides. We know it will take a collective, strategic effort to reach our ultimate goal of a society where connecting and understanding each other despite differences is the norm.
LRC occupies a unique role with our ever-growing library of 165 free, open source conversation guides. We are proud to offer an accessible entry point for individuals and groups wanting to have better conversations.
Join us on a stroll down memory lane and let’s take a look at the work we’ve done this year!
by the numbers
Our resources are easy to use, extensive, high-quality, and free. We believe everyone deserves to have better conversations in their lives! Here is what we’ve seen this year.
We want to acknowledge that the free, open source nature of our conversation guides means there’s a lot more going on than we know about. In 2023 we’ll be dedicating resources to increase visibility through: strategic partnerships, investing more our relationships with our communities of practice, and revamping our website to get more insight.
People have spent over
minutes in Living Room Conversations.
That is approximately 123,500 participants that we know about.
Top 10 Guides of 2022
- Mental Health
- Women, Leadership, & Power
- Race & Ethnicity
- Climate Change
- Social Identity
- Politics: Can we talk?
Our social media has grown 500%!
Our web engagement has increased by a third. People reviewing more pages and spending more time with our resources.
We assessed our communities of practice (add number from Briscoe’s story directory) and even got to meet with some of them! (Highlight NC programs)
Our host community nearly tripled last year. In 2022 our host certification cohorts each hosted 4 conversations, 132 conversations overall, with hundreds of participants
Living Room Conversations wants to highlight our donors. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of individuals and foundations.
Apart from the highlights in this report, donations have helped to support:
- Partnerships with other organizations
- An upcoming web redesign
- Expansion of programming
- Scaling of social media and other outreach