Getting Started

You can bridge divides TODAY – Join a video conversation, host a conversation of your own, and tap into a community of people involved in the work of connection.

Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides - politics, age, gender, race, nationality, and more.

Getting at the heart of what we share in common with one another, these conversations have powerful, positive impacts across society – including a sense of respect, understanding, and even friendship in unexpected places!

WATCH: Excerpts from a Living Room Conversation on “The America We Want to Be”

Join an Upcoming Video Conversation

The conversations listed below are events hosted by Living Room Conversations staff or trained and seasoned hosts. Want to become a seasoned host? Contact us!

Events filled, but still want to join? Click here to be notified as we add more to our calendar (we we add more all the time.)

Mon 19

Encountering Controversial Ideas in Higher Education

October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Tue 20

Democracy, Extremism and Outliers

October 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Sat 24

American Creed

October 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Sat 24

SPECIAL: History and Society for Teens!

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Conversation Classifieds

Hosting a conversation? Need more participants?

The Conversation Classifieds are here to help!

Simply fill out the Conversation Classifieds form and your request for participants will be posted to this page, our Facebook page, and a message will be sent to our subscriber list at the beginning of each and every month.

Join our Community

Sign Up

If you haven't already, please sign up to join our community. Sharing more about yourself will help us develop new programs and technologies for bridging divides.

Volunteer with Us

Passionate about connecting across divides? Want to do more than host? See what opportunities are available to get more involved.

Join the Facebook Community

Continue the conversation on our Facebook Community! Stay thoughtfully connected, and recruit participants for more conversations.

Host a Conversation

Living Room Conversations can take place in person or online video chat. There are six easy steps to hosting your own!

Need additional support? Check out our hosting guidelines for in person and video conversations below. Get even more in-depth training and materials from our Host Toolkit

1. Choose a topic

Living Room Conversations has over 100 topics ready to discuss or your can build your own. Each topic has targeted questions for your group to answer.

2. Choose a date and location

To make scheduling easy, try an app like Doodle, that helps people coordinate availability. Decide on a comfortable space - maybe an actual living room, your favorite coffee shop, or even online.

3. Have your conversation

After everyone has gathered, go over the Conversation Agreements.

These guidelines let everyone know what is expected of them and create a positive environment for your group to have a great conversation.

And let us know how it went!

Hosting Best Practices

  1. Make introductions and take care of any housekeeping items at the start of your conversation.

  2. Assure participants that what matters is their personal perspectives, not how much they know about a subject.

  3. Read aloud the topic introductory paragraph from the conversation guide.

  4. Take turns reading the conversation agreements aloud until they have all been read.

  5. Begin your conversation with round 1 and continue through all three rounds.

  6. Be attentive to all participants getting a chance to speak each round; this may involve “calling on” participants and/or noticing if participants raise their hands.

  7. At the end of the conversation, please share the feedback form link with participants and ask them to fill it out – so we can continue to improve Living Room Conversations.

Hosting with Video Chat

  • Make sure you have your topic materials available. It’s helpful to read them over before the conversation.

  • Position yourself so you are not backlit (i.e., avoid sitting in front of a window or lamp).

  • Using headphones plugged into your computer can enhance your audio experience.

  • Try to minimize environmental distractions (e.g.barking dogs, ringing phones, etc). If you have unexpected noise, please mute yourself until things quiet down.

  • Test out your video platform about 10-15 minutes ahead of time, if you can.

  • At the end of the conversation, please send your participants the feedback form link.

Partner with Us

Become one of our partners!

Join organizations and communities across the United States in bringing Living Room Conversations to your town.

Current Partners