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Weave the Social Fabric: 60 – Minute Conversation
March 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am 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 “Weave the Social Fabric,” 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.
Many people sense that something is broken in society. Surveys show about half of young adult Americans are lonely. Opioid addiction, suicide, gun violence, ethnic tension and depression have been rising. We face rapid change from a globalized economy, cell phones and social media, job-hopping, online dating, immigration, and uncertainty about our future health and wealth. Our social fabric seems to be shredding. Others observe that the social fabric of our communities and nation was never really woven to include everyone in the first place. Yet, there have been many times as a country, when people looked past their surface differences and came together as neighbors to support each other.
In this virtual conversation, we’ll come together to get to know each other, share our experience of isolation and connection, and consider how we might work together to build connections that allow us to feel recognized, respected and valued.
- Is it easy or hard for you to connect with others who were raised differently, or live and think differently than you? What have you seen getting in the way of that from happening?
- Are there people in your community you feel close to? What makes you feel close?
- Describe a time, if ever, when you saw your neighborhood come together to have fun or face a common challenge.
- What do you think could be done to help bring your community together?
- What connection, if any, do you see between what is happening in our nation and what is happening in our neighborhoods or communities?
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 10am ET/7am PT on Wednesday, March 4th to register for this event or the similarly co-sponsored “America We Want to Be” event that evening at 7:30pm ET/ 4:30pm PT.
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?
If you have questions, you can contact Lindsey at email@example.com or Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.