Conversation Guide: Community Conversations
This is an abbreviated guide from Living Room Conversations, a non-proﬁt that offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships. Rather than debating or convincing others, we will take turns talking to share, learn, and be curious. Anyone can host using these italicized instructions.
Introductions: Why We’re Here (~1 minute):
- Share your name and what drew you here
Round One: Exploring the Topic (~10 min)
Communities are diverse and complicated, residents feel included as well as excluded in a variety of contexts and group settings. Feeling seen and heard is a component of fostering a sense of belonging, and community conversations are a great way to make that happen! This conversation will dive into how you relate to others and the conversations you wish you were having in your own communities.
- How easy or difﬁcult is it 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 happening?
- What conversations do you wish you were having in your community?
Round Two: Reflecting on the Conversation (~1 min)
- What was most meaningful / valuable to you in this conversation?
- What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on the topic?
- Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?
This guide has been adapted with attribution to LivingRoomConversations.org