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The America We Want to Be: 60 – Minute Conversation
March 4, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST
Join us for a 60-minute Living Room Conversation video call we are hosting along with the Center for the Study of Liberty* on “The America We Want to Be”, which is described below, along with a list of the central questions we’ll explore together. Click HERE to register.
*The mission of the Center for the Study of Liberty is to support the building of a free society by creating spaces for civil conversations among independent thinkers. The Center organizes collaborative events and curates thought-provoking content to encourage the exploration of big questions about human freedom that lie at the heart of complex social issues.
The Declaration of Independence has a famous statement that says that we are endowed with the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But when this was written in 1776, it did not include everyone. There are many views about this statement. Some say that we’ve made great progress; others point to how far we still need to go. Some believe that focusing on the past prevents moving forward; others think we still need to come to terms with our history.
The questions we may explore in this conversation include the following:
- As you reflect on America’s founding aspirations, what are your thoughts and feelings about our country today?
- What local, state, or federal policies support your pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness? Which inhibit your pursuit?
- How have you seen local communities support their citizens in achieving their aspirations?
- What role, if any, do you experience our history playing in America today?
- How does your ideal modern America reflect its founding aspirations and past?
- What is your personal commitment to creating the America you want?
How do I register?
Use this registration page co-created by the Center for the Study of Liberty and Living Room Conversations. You have up until 5:30pm ET/ 2:30pm PT on March 4th to register for this event.
What do I need to participate?
First, you will need a copy of the two-page conversation guide, which is linked here.
Second, you will need a Zoom link which will be emailed to you before the conversation. To use this Zoom link, you will need a device with a webcam (preferably a computer) to participate and be seen by other participants. If you must use a tablet or a cell phone, you will need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app first and enter the meeting ID code that is the same 9-digit number found on the Zoom URL link.
Third, bring an attitude of respect and curiosity!
Is there a fee to participate?
No, however, our work and the Center for the Study on Liberty’s work is made possible through the donations of generous supporters – who might include you!
How can I invite others to participate?
We suggest reaching out 1:1 to those who think differently from you and telling them why you think they would like this conversation and why you are registered. Just send them the link to this page which includes the registration link.
What if I have questions or need to cancel?
*Disclaimer: What happens within your Living Room Conversations is solely your responsibility. We provide the Conversation Agreements and Conversation Guides that give framework for having a respectful conversation. Living Room Conversations cannot assume liability for the content of the conversation or its outcome.