Coronavirus – Reﬂecting & Transitioning
COVID-19 has caused many kinds of losses and discoveries. We have shifted how we live, work, parent, and relate to each other. With new cases decreasing and vaccinations being rolled out, people are more conﬁdent being in close proximity with others.
As we begin transitioning into a “new normal”, let’s reﬂect on what we’ve experienced, what we’re leaving behind, and what we’re taking with us.
Let's Get Started!
Living Room Conversations offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships. Typically, 4-6 people meet in person or by video call for about 90 minutes to listen to and be heard by others on one of our nearly 100 topics. Rather than debating or convincing others, we take turns talking to share, learn, and be curious. No preparation is required, though background links with balanced views are available on some topic pages online. Anyone can host using these italicized instructions. Hosts also participate.
Why We're Here (~10 min)
Share your name, where you live, what drew you here, and if this is your first conversation.
How We'll Engage (~5 min)
These will set the tone of our conversation; participants may volunteer to take turns reading them aloud. (Click here for the full conversation agreements.)
- Be curious and listen to understand.
- Show respect and suspend judgment.
- Note any common ground as well as any differences.
- Be authentic and welcome that from others.
- Be purposeful and to the point.
- Own and guide the conversation.
What We’ll Talk About
Optional: a participant can keep track of time and gently let people know when their time has elapsed.
Getting to Know Each Other (~10 min)
Each participant can take 1-2 minutes to answer one of these questions:
- What are your hopes and concerns for your family, community and/or the country?
- What would your best friend say about who you are?
- What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
Coronavirus – Reﬂecting & Transitioning (~40 min)
One participant can volunteer to read the paragraph at the top of the web page.
Take ~2 minutes each to answer a question below without interruption or crosstalk.
- How would you describe your experience during the pandemic? Do you feel like you have personally changed?
- What positive changes would you like to integrate into your life? What negative changes are you ready to let go of?
- What information sources are you using to make decisions about increasing your in person contacts with others? What will help you feel good about your decision-making?
- As you pause to reﬂect on your post-pandemic life, what are you looking forward to, and what concerns do you have?
Reflecting on the Conversation (~15 min)
Take 2 minutes to answer one of the following questions:
- What was most meaningful / valuable to you in this Living Room Conversation?
- What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on the topic?
- How has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group?
- Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation?