Coronavirus – Upcoming Election in the Time of Corona
COVID-19 has affected every American and has been called unprecedented. It has also hit during a time of transition for our country as we prepare for the 2020 elections. This conversation seeks to explore how COVID-19 is impacting our experience of the 2020 election cycle.
Let's Get Started!
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?
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. After everyone has answered, the group may take a few minutes for clarifying or follow up questions/responses. Continue exploring additional questions as time allows.
- How have national, state, and local government responses to the coronavirus pandemic impacted your perception of the situation? In what ways has that affected your feelings about this election season?
- What shifts in preparation for the election have you witnessed during the pandemic emergence? If your own political position has changed, what has that been like for you?
- Since early March, primary elections have been postponed, cancelled or impacted by reallocation of resources. Given this history, what are your hopes, concerns and fears related to this election cycle?
- Communication during a critical event impacts ability to respond with agility and effectiveness. Which communications have been helpful to you? Which have been less helpful? What have you learned about candidates and sitting officials from their communication?
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, including yourself?
- Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?