Living Room Conversations has incredible support from people who advise, champion, and partner with us. Our champions help connect Living Room Conversations with people and organizations who can use our model, our partners organize and cohost conversations, and our advisory board provides guidance.
"Social media tools plus in-person meetings like the Living Room Conversations have the potential to transform our democracy for the better. They allow for anyone, regardless of background and political affiliation, to come together to be more involved in our civil and political processes — and to work together for the betterment of our country."
"Living Room Conversations highlight substantial common ground around the need to reform our criminal justice system. We have a moral imperative to fix the broken system. Living Room Conversations are a powerful tool for empowering local communities and for overcoming partisan dysfunction as we tackle these challenges."
"But demographic trends and technology have us spending our time with the people who think just like we do, and we no longer seem to have the ability - and willingness - to reach across differences to solve problems. Rather than waiting around for Washington to fix this, Living Room Conversations revives the spirit of American democracy at its true center — in hometowns, between neighbours, in your living room. In a country where we aspire to government of the people, by the people, and for the people, perhaps that is as it should be."
When we listen deeply to another person, something important happens. Our heart is able to detect our universal human yearnings and this can become the ground for greater understanding -- a prerequisite for a more peaceful and just world. LRC creates a powerful context for cultivating this kind of listening. It's a practice anyone interested in building community can use!
"Citizenship begins at home — literally. That's why I'm proud to be a partner of Living Room Conversations. By bringing people together across partisan divides for simple human-scale interactions in living rooms and similar spaces, Living Room Conversations forces us to treat each other with courtesy, to listen to each other with respect, and to develop some empathy for those with whom we may — even after the conversation — disagree strongly. Conversation by conversation, this is a powerful way to practice the art of being a citizen."
"I am an enthusiastic champion for Living Room Conversations because over the last several years I've come to realize that the largest divide in this country is not between the citizens of one party or another, but between the citizens and the Ruling Elite in Washington, DC and the state capitols....The status quo does not serve the people of this country and Living Room Conversations is a critical step in helping people to see that they have a lot in common with those they've been told by the politicians and the media that they should hate. Only by learning to respect each other, and work together in this way is real change possible."
"American democracy was founded with the words "We the People." When we can't talk with one another with respect across our lines of difference, democracy suffers. Civil discourse is not merely about watching our tongues or minding our manners. It's about valuing our differences and the insights that can come from a dialogue of differences, which help us forge a rough consensus on the "common good" and hold our elected leaders accountable to it. I value the Living Room Conversations project because it "puts wheels" on all these ideas and creates a vehicle in which we can move together toward "a more perfect Union."
"Living Room Conversations brings Americans together to create new kinds of political conversations. I see them as small-scale models for a more developed political culture, something we desperately need. Independent voters don’t like partisanship or the politics of 'party uber alles'. We’ve done Living Room Conversations in San Francisco and Philadelphia and the process of coming together was as powerful as or more powerful than the particular outcomes. There is growing consensus that changing the political rules of the game in a nonpartisan direction is the way out of the divide. Living Room Conversations is an important building block for that."
"Living Room Conversations is as powerful as the simplicity in which it is grounded. It is a brilliant concept, deeply grounded in an understanding of American culture, that cuts across ethnicity, political affiliation, class, religion, gender identification and race. We Americans are usually respectful of a guest in our home. When you are a guest in our home, you cease to be the villain or the enemy. You are our guests."
"From the living room to the board room, it is time to invite all of humanity to pause, take a breath, and remember our unbreakable human bond. The Living Room Conversations provide us with an engaging, and inclusive structured process for us to open our hearts and listen to one another, discovering our similarities and differences, as well as an expanded understanding of the interconnection of all life."