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Santa Monica Listens — Need Hosts!

April 20 - April 28
Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica, CA, United States

We partnered with Living Room Conversations and National Week of Conversation to bring a promising tool to our #SantaMonica community. It's a simple concept that's surprisingly powerful. #SaMoListens Two conversation hosts from different viewpoints each invite one or two others to join together for a structured conversation on a specific topic. (We have a lot of structured topic guides to choose from, or you can create your own). Is not a debate. The Conversation Agreements and structure help assure a good experience and allow participants to get…

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National Week of Conversation: Text, Talk, Revive Civility

April 20 - April 28
Oceanfront Area Library, 700 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 United States

To celebrate the National Week of Conversation, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is hosting a Text, Talk, Revive Civility meet up. Come meet new people and use your phone to guide a conversation regarding maintaining civil public discourse even in cases of strong disagreement.  

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Let’s Talk About Gun Safety: #TreatGunsLikeCars

April 21 - April 29
Twitter Conversation, United States

#TreatGunsLikeCars: A Twitter Conversation on Gun Safety license, registration & insurance all guns, all owners, all 50 states Sponsored by American Gun Safety Association (AGSA), working to pass state laws for coordinated regulation of firearms and their owners, like we have for motor vehicles.  AGSA is developing and adopting a "Model Code for Safe and Responsible Firearm Ownership and Operation" to give us unified systems of responsibility for gun ownership and use, like we have in all 50 states for cars and…

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Living Room Conversation on Race and Equity

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Boston Public Library Mezzanine Room 2, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Join us for a Living Room Conversation on Race & Equity, facilitated by Vicky Peterson of CollabAction. This is a Boston Public Library National Day of Conversation program in conjunction with National Week of Conversation, a week-long event where Americans from all walks of life have conversations that prioritize listening first to understand those we tend to think of as “the other.” In conversations—and the relationships they build—is hope for mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides. Register…

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Living Room Conversation on Guns and Responsibility

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Boston Public Library Mezzanine Room 3, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

This Living Room Conversation on Guns and Responsibility will be led by professional facilitator Hilary Marcus. This is a Boston Public Library National Day of Conversation program in conjunction with National Week of Conversation, a week-long event where Americans from all walks of life have conversations that prioritize listening first to understand those we tend to think of as “the other.” In conversations—and the relationships they build—is hope for mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides. Register today…

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Video Chat with People in Kansas

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Community Learning Classroom Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Talk to people in Kansas about various issues. Please note that this session requires advance registration at https://www.mismatch.org/ This is a Boston Public Library National Day of Conversation program in conjunction with National Week of Conversation, a week-long event where Americans from all walks of life have conversations that prioritize listening first to understand those we tend to think of as “the other.” In conversations—and the relationships they build—is hope for mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides.

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Christian Unity: Finding Common Ground in Divided times

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, 224 Steele Street
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States

Christian Unity: Finding Common Ground in Divided Times. South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, in Frankfort, Kentucky, is hosting and sponsoring this event and Rev. Marian Taylor is moderating it. Please come on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 PM. Dinner is included, free. Questions? Contact Amelia Berry at [email protected] Please join us for a dinner discussion exploring: • What is Christian Unity and why does it matter? • How have various Christian traditions of moral reasoning allowed them to find a common…

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A University With Different Perspectives: Bring Light, Not Heat

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
California State University San Marcos, 333 So. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, 92096 United States

Guest speaker Debra Mashek has spent two decades studying how people form relationships with each other. Now, as Executive Director of the Heterodox Academy, she describes herself as a heterodox enthusiast who values, speaks out, and creates open inquiry and viewpoint diversity both professionally and personally. Although she was reluctant to leave her tenured professorship at a top liberal arts school, Mashek is powerfully drawn to the mission of Heterodox Academy. She became its first Executive Director in January 2018.

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Coming to America: who should be welcome, what should we do?

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States

The immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. At this discussion, thee options will be presented that reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and they force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that involve all of us and that do not have perfect solutions.

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Virginia Red and Blue Dialogue

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
To be determined, Charlottesville, VA United States

We invite you to join the Millennial Action Project for an evening of conversation and action with bipartisan members of the Virginia House of Delegates, as we bridge the divide to discuss the issues most important to young people in Virginia and across the country. This free community event is the first in a series on political polarization. We would like to invite participants to return for the second dialogue in June and subsequent dialogues.

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National Week of Conversation: Text, Talk, Revive Civility

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
TCC/Joint-Use Library, 1700 College Crescent TCC Campus, Building L
Virginia Beach, VA 23453 United States

To celebrate the National Week of Conversation, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is hosting a Text, Talk, Revive Civility meet up. Come meet new people and use your phone to guide a conversation regarding maintaining civil public discourse even in cases of strong disagreement.

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Internet Privacy: Is There Any?

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd
North Chesterfield, VA 23234 United States

Internet Privacy: Is There Any? Let’s have a conversation about how and why data is collected, compiled, analyzed and used. 

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Great Conversations 2018

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
AT&T Executive Education and Convention Center, 1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705 United States
$150

Please join the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin and Honorary Event Chair, The Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for Great Conversations 2018: Our Shared Responsibility as Citizens of Democracy. Consistent with tradition, each dinner table will feature a notable conversation leader who will facilitate a spirited and civil conversation.  This year, the dinner and discussion will call each of us -- whether we hold the title of elected official, parent, teacher,…

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Ben Franklin Circle New York City

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
soho places, 435 Broome Street
New York, 10014 United States

Ben Franklin Circles are monthly salons that explore how we can improve oursleves and our community. Bringing people together, face-to-face, to improve ourselves and the world around us — Ben Franklin Circles meet regularly, using Ben Franklin’s classic 13 virtues to spark discussion about members’ goals and aspirations — who they want to be, and what they want to contribute to the world. During the National Week of Conversation, NYC Ben Franklin Circle will host a conversation on the topic…

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Bridging the Divide: Understand the Issues. Understand Each Other.

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Space, 730 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States

Santa Monica Listens joins ProCon.org to host one of the Living Room Conversations during National Week of Conversations in Santa Monica. Partisanship in America and our city has gotten more extreme. People are increasingly unable to have civil conversations about issues that matter. Or worse, they are disengaging from differently-minded people and our political processes. That does not bode well for the wellbeing, civic engagement and future of Santa Monica, much less the next family gathering. Join us to explore…

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Living Room Conversation on Bridging Divides

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Boston Public Library Mezzanine Room 2, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Join us for a Living Room Conversation led by professional facilitator Claudia Lach on Bridging Divides. This is a Boston Public Library National Day of Conversation program in conjunction with National Week of Conversation, a week-long event where Americans from all walks of life have conversations that prioritize listening first to understand those we tend to think of as “the other.” In conversations—and the relationships they build—is hope for mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides. Register today…

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Video Chat with People in Kansas

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Community Learning Classroom Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Talk to people in Kansas about various issues. Please note that this session requires advance registration at https://www.mismatch.org/ This is a Boston Public Library National Day of Conversation program in conjunction with National Week of Conversation, a week-long event where Americans from all walks of life have conversations that prioritize listening first to understand those we tend to think of as “the other.” In conversations—and the relationships they build—is hope for mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides.

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National Issues Forum on Safety and Justice

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Mezzanine Room 3 Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Join us for a National Issues Forum on Safety and Justice led by Mette Kreutzmann and Sara Cohen of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MPOC). This is a Boston Public Library National Day of Conversation program in conjunction with National Week of Conversation, a week-long event where Americans from all walks of life have conversations that prioritize listening first to understand those we tend to think of as “the other.” In conversations—and the relationships they build—is hope for mending…

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Empathy 101

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
92ND STREET Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10128

In this interactive workshop, learn practical skills to resolve and avoid difficult and time consuming impasses. Learn how to navigate challenging conversations in a game-changing way to get immediate clarity, empowerment and results while restoring long-term confidence, trust and connection.

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National Week of Conversation: Civility and Polite Conversation

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
Bayside Special Service Library, 936 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455 United States

To celebrate the National Week of Conversation, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is hosting a Living Room Conversation on the topic of Civility and Polite Conversation. How we treat each other is the difference between a great place to live and a bad place to live. Most people agree we want communities where all people have dignity and respect. Yet respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. What is our role in…

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Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America Book Discussion

April 25 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States

Join us for a thoughtful discussion of Not A Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America by Peter Edelman.   The author will be joining the conversation via Skype!

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Bring It to the Table @ Rutgers-Newark

April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Rutgers University-Newark, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102 United States

Bring It to The Table, brings people together over issues that typically tear us apart. At this Ten Table event, we invite participants to engage in a different kind of conversation, one that promotes listening, greater depth of understanding and self-reflection. Based on filmmaker Julie Winokur's journey across America to discover why people believe what they believe, we're taking our Tables to the most diverse campus in the United States, Rutgers University-Newark. The Tables will be facilitated by student leaders…

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National Week of Conversation in Sedona, AZ

April 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT
Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States

Do you enjoy sharing thoughts openly and enjoyably in conversation--especially among people with different viewpoints? Most of us do, but divisive political partisanship now makes many wary of exchanging ideas. So a network of organizations has declared the first annual National Week of Conversation. Locally, OLLI, Sedona Public Library, League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, & Sedona Community Center are collaborating to offer two events. Both take place at the Library. Wednesday April 25, 3-4:30 and Wednesday, April 25,…

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Health & Wellness–What would the Okanagan Charter in universities around the world?

April 25 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
William & Mary, 116 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States

With its two "simplistic" calls to action, the Okanagan Charter seeks to create health-promoting universities around the world. This casual conversation makes a space for  participants from various parts of the community (students, staff, faculty, and alumns)  to explore various notions of health and support from an all-university perspective, not just from the tradional office and departs that people commonly reference, e.g., Accessability Services, Counseling Services, Health Promotion, Student Health Services, the WMPD, etc). After reading the Charter, eight individuals from…

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National Week of Conversations — Conversations New York

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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One event on January 1, 1970 at 6:00pm

Bryant Park, 1060 6th Ave
New York, NY 10018 United States

In beautiful Bryant Park ("Manhattan's Public Square")  you’ll join fellow New Yorkers with a wide range of opinions on issues that divide us – political, economic, and cultural. Come share your experiences, thoughts, feelings, insights and convictions – and do your part to bring us back together. Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com) is the foremost program of free public community-based conversations in New York City. Location Info: Find us in Bryant Park, between 42nd and 44th Streets between 5th and 6th…

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National Week of Conversations — Conversations New York

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Bryant Park, 1060 6th Ave
New York, NY 10018 United States

Bryant Park, Manhattan Between 42nd and 44th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues, on the Upper Terrace behind the Library PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-week-of-conversation-conversations-new-york-tickets-43973566120, Please join the national movement to get Americans “talking across the barricades”! In beautiful Bryant Park, “the Town Square of Manhattan”, you’ll join fellow New Yorkers with a wide range of opinions on issues that divide us – political, economic, and cultural.   The topics will include Guns and Responsibility, Immigration, Race and Equity, Sexual Assault…

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Bridging the Political Divide and Improving The Tone in 2018

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Center Commons, 1926 Collegeview Road East
Rochester, MN 55904 United States

The League of Women Voters of Rochester, MN, along with other community groups and the National Institute for Civil Discourse, is inviting the community to engage in a conversation across ideological and cultural divides, to explore questions and discuss one-on-one, with someone of different views, what actions they think individuals, candidates, and members of the media can do to help create a more positive tone in this year’s election?

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Coming to America

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street
Vancouver, WA 98660 United States

The immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. Join us as we deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. Attendance at our Immigration Forum panel on Wednesday, April 18 is recommended , but not required. Refreshments provided by Friends of Vancouver Community Library. Coming to America is jointly sponsored by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries; WSU Vancouver; the Foley Institute's Initiative for Public Deliberation; and the National Issues Forums Institute.

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LWV Sips and Civility Let’s Talk Even About Touchy Issues

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Osteria da Nino, 2900 S Quincy St
Arlington,, Virginia 22206

Is it still possible to have a civil conversation about politically touchy issues? YES, we at the Arlington League of Women Voters say it is always possible to find some common ground even in these divided times. Come help us bridge the divide as we learn how to discuss everything with everybody! Join us for a fun, casual and informative evening and explore with us how to have "those" conversations

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Immigration Stew: What do you know about DACA?

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Pleasant Valley Library, South Ogden, UT, 5568 S. ADAMS AVE 84405
WASHINGTON TERRACE, UT 84405 United States

What do you know about DACA? Join us for a night with professionals and advocates who work with immigration issues on a regular basis. And then enjoy a round table discussion with other community members!

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Talking Politics across the Political Divide of Liberal/Conservative

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Covington, KY, Covington, KY 41015 United States

The Anawim Community is a small Catholic faith community. Most of us lean liberal but we want to better understand those who voted for Trump or have a different political leaning than ourselves. We've been studying how to have respectful, civil conversations with those who have different political positions. We are now ready to do it, but need to expand our bubble to include people who have come to different political stances than ourselves.  Please RSVP to Susan Vogt, [email protected] for…

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White Ally Toolkit: How to Talk with Peers Who Deny & Minimize Racism

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Online Conference, United States

This free webinar introduces the White Ally Toolkit, which helps people who are not directly targeted by racism to have more effective exchanges with white peers who tend to minimize and deny the importance of race in contemporary society. The webinar will be led by Dr. David Campt, project principal and author of the White Ally Toolkit Workbook, the major text of the project. This session will focus on the RACE Method, which white anti-racism allies can use to have…

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A Community Conversation on Civility in Public Life

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
University of South Carolina Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive
Lancaster, SC, 29720 United States

Join in a Community Conversation that will bring together people from different points of view to share their thoughts on how to increase civility in the 2018 election cycle.  We will learn from each other, build relationships, and look for ways to reduce the growing polarization in our public life. It is a unique opportunity for people of different views to talk with each other and, more importantly, really listen to each other.  This event is on campus in the Arnold…

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Coffee Party Talk – Faith in Politics

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
Online Conference, United States

Faith has played a significant role in our nation’s politics for years but in today’s America, religion has become divisive and disruptive. In this Coffee Party Talk, we will share our different opinions about the role of faith in our society. We will consider what type of influence we would like faith to have in our political system and how to balance the need for evidence and faith in our decision making.

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Sacred Discourse: A Journey Beyond Political Divide

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT
Online Conference, United States

If you desire to move from dysfunctional politics that divides to generative and healing public discourse that unites, please join for an introductory experience of an intentional, heart-centered framework for having relational and connected conversations. The Sacred Discourse methodology can be used to cultivate transformational conversations across any type of conflict, or difference, on any social or political topic -- between individuals, in teams, and across communities.

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Conversations in Black

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Kansas City Public Library Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Pkwy.
Kansas City, MO 64130 United States

Join the discussion on ways to make this city safer, friendlier, more unified and prosperous. This is a recurring program on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  The program was founded by the late Joelouis Mattox, a local historian and community advocate. All views are welcome and will be respected. Go to www.nationalweekofconversation.org and sign the pledge, and join us!  

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Faith in Politics—Living Room Conversations

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Online Conference, United States

This conversation allows us the opportunity to hear how others incorporate their faith into a lived experience and where we each believe the boundaries of faith exist. You can check out the conversation guide here. For the National Week of Conversation, Living Room Conversations is hosting online conversations that you can take part in without leaving your home. All you need is: 90 minutes a stable internet connection and a webcam a quiet place to join the conversation and your topic…

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Ideas on Tap: What Do We Commemorate and Why?

April 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Proud Larry’s, 211 S. Lamar Blvd
Oxford, 38655 United States

In this partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, a panel discussion featuring Chuck Ross, UM director of African American studies; Anne Twitty, associate professor of history; Alysia Steele, assistant professor of multiple platform journalism; Cindy Gardner, administrator of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and moderated by Graham Bodie, visiting professor of journalism instruction, will explore how society decides which events and people to commemorate, why we do it and the purpose and implications. All…

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Youth Chat: Voting Rights for Youth

April 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Benning Stoddert Community Center, Washington, DC 20019 United States

Washington, D.C. youth may have the chance to vote in upcoming elections. Recently, but not for the first time, the D.C. Council has begun reviewing legislation that will allow youth to vote as early as 16. This is wonderful news to some, and concerning to others. During the youth chat teens will be able to share their views on the different points of view, and raise their own original perspectives too. Join us!

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Democracy Salon: Bridging Oregon

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Healthy Democracy Headquarters Office, 5100 Sw Macadam Ave. Suite 360
Portland, OR 97239 United States

This "Democracy Salon" will be comprised of participants from Oregon-based programs involving an initiative called "Bridging Oregon", which brings together a diverse range of people from urban and rural communities to increase mutual understanding and respect.

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Political Fix: how should we get American politics back on track?

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States

Many Americans, today, are deeply concerned about the forces shaping American politics--from partisan rancor and congressional gridlock to the high cost of political campaigns and the growing influence of special-interest groups. How do we address these problems and get our political machinery back on track?

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Core Value Negotiation: Workshop in Civil Dialog Skills

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701 United States

This workshop will present skills for negotiating conflict in any situation but will focus on political issues.  People of all political persuasions are invited to experience how to express their core values while listening deeply to another’s core values on issues they both deeply care about.  You may persuade but…if you are courageous and willing you will find the common ground upon which genuine communication is founded! You are encouraged to bring a person who holds differing political views from…

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Common Ground for Action forum on “Political Fix: How Do We Get American Politics Back on Track?””

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Common Ground for Action, United States

Join us for a National Week of Conversation Common Ground for Action deliberation on "Political Fix: How Do We Get American Politics Back on Track?" Our forum starts at 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PDT on April 26. Please login a few minutes before start time to familiarize yourself with the CGA platform. If you've never participated in a CGA forum, please watch the "How To Participate" video before joining. You can find the video link here: https://vimeo.com/99290801 If you haven't had a…

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Police-community Relations – Violence, Racism and Supporting Law Enforcement

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Campbell, CA, Campbell, CA 95008 United States

This is a Living Room Conversation which is a structured conversation around a single topic. Each participant agrees to six Conversation Agreements that support respect for one another, common ground and authenticity. It will last two hours or less and is NOT a debate. Group sizes range from 6-8 people and we can accommodate all that want to attend. Our conversation will revolve around Police-community Relations – Violence, Racism and Supporting Law Enforcement. We all love our children and want…

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Finding Our Way Through Political Correctness

April 27 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. 2nd Street
Ashland, OR 97520 United States

Whether on the right or left of the political spectrum, people don’t feel free to express themselves for fear of being censored, shamed, boycotted, or accused of cultural appropriation. Is there a way through this? Join Marla Estes & Rob Schläpfer to explore political correctness from its well-intentioned beginnings to how it created a huge fault line in communities across the country. Discover how to bring each side of the issue together — finding consilience through understanding. Polarization does not…

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Make America Dinner Again potluck dinner

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW
98116, WA 98116 United States

We are organizing a potluck dinner with the assistance of Make America Dinner Again to bring together people with different political views in order to listen and better understand each other. We will have several tables with 6-8 people around each one, and the evening will consist of facilitated small group discussions at each table, as well as a couple activities with the larger group. Space is limited, so I can't guarantee we can accommodate everyone, but if there is…

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Achieving a Fair Political System

April 28 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87508 United States

The “Achieving a Fair Political System” conference is a valuable opportunity for people of all political persuasions to come together and work collaboratively to eliminate the corrupting influence of Big Money in politics. Our country, and perhaps our city and state as well, are fast becoming plutocracies, ruled by and for the benefit of a small minority of their wealthiest citizens. Special interests are usurping the common good of “We, the people.” The intent of the conference is to form…

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Sacred Discourse: A Journey Beyond Political Divide

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT
Online Conference, United States

If you desire to move from dysfunctional politics that divides to generative and healing public discourse that unites, please join for an introductory experience of an intentional, heart-centered framework for having relational and connected conversations. The Sacred Discourse methodology can be used to cultivate transformational conversations across any type of conflict, or difference, on any social or political topic -- between individuals, in teams, and across communities.

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Let’s Talk About Power in Relationships—Living Room Conversations

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
Online Conference, United States

Join us in this conversation designed in response to the #MeToo movement. We’ll talk about power in relationships with an approach that encourages compassion and curiosity. You can review the conversation guide here. For the National Week of Conversation, Living Room Conversations is hosting online conversations that you can take part in without leaving your home. All you need is: 90 minutes a stable internet connection and a webcam a quiet place to join the conversation and your topic conversation guide.…

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Community Conversation

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Columbus Central Community House, 1150 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH 43205 United States

Across the country, people are gathering in their homes, schools, coffee shops to have meaningful conversations with people of different viewpoints. Sounds like fun, right? Or maybe scary? Probably a little of both. We are hosting a conversation as part of the National Week of Conversation on April 28, 2018 from 10AM-12Noon at the Central Community House located at 1150 E. Main St. Columbus, OH 43205. Will you join us? Guns, the second amendment, gun rights, and gun control are…

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Civic Saturday

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144 United States

Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to a faith gatheirng: a coming together of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us (even as we argue over it). Eric Liu will offer a sermon, we'll hear poetry, songs, civic scripture, and we'll gather in Civic Circles to share our…

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Coming to America: who should be welcome, what should we do?

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10 St
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States

The immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. At this discussion, thee options will be presented that reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and they force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that involve all of us and that do not have perfect solutions.

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Coffee Party Talks on Ranked Choice Voting

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Online Conference, United States

Most of us want the healthiest democracy we can design. Are our current voting systems producing the best outcomes for citizens? Some people believe that ranked choice voting produces an outcome more reflective of the majority of citizen’s wishes. It has also been argued that ranked choice voting can reduce negative campaigning, allows voters more choices and saves money. Are our democratic processes serving us well? Coffee Party Talks will be using the guides created by Living Room Conversations to…

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Core Values Negotiation Zoom call

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 2:40 pm EDT
Online Conference, United States

This is a brief introduction to the Core Values Negotiation process.  You can find out more online at www.corevaluesnegotiation.com. With this process you will be able to determine who is not ready for dialog and if they are how to remain grounded in your own values while discovering theirs.  This process is fundamental to changing the nature of conflict so that it can either be released or turned made  more productive, enjoyable and educational for all involved.

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Open Minds Book Club

April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
DeWitt District Library, 13101 Schavey Rd
DeWitt, MI 48820 United States

Breaking barriers, book by book!  Join us for thoughtful conversation.  April's pick is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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Coffee Party Talks on Voting

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
Online Conference, United States

2018 is a midterm election year. 2014 was the lowest midterm election voter turnout since WWII. Turnout of the voting-eligible population was just 36.4 percent, according to the projection from the United States Elections Project. Many people are wondering what kind of turnout this year will bring. What is it about voting that inspires us to participate or turn away, feeling it’s not worth our effort? Or is there some other reason? In this conversation, we talk about what leads…

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Bucks County, PA — Let’s Talk in Doylestown!

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Temple Judea, 300 East Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901 United States

The Peace Center, Langhorne, PA is facilitating two simultaneous conversations, 1 at Temple Judea, Doylestown and 1 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Newtown.  Please register for one or the other on our website.  Let's talk!

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Bucks County, PA – Let’s Talk in Newtown!

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Macedonia Baptist Church, 218 N State St
Newtown, PA 18940 United States

The Peace Center, Langhorne, PA is facilitating two simultaneous conversations, 1 at Temple Judea, Doylestown and 1 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Newtown.  Please register for one or the other on our website.  Let's talk!

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Foreword Conversations: A Community Building Mixer

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Goat Haus Biergarten, 532 Clay Street
Montgomery, AL 36104 United States

April 20-28 is the National Week of Conversation, so Foreword South and Goat Haus Biergarten are pairing up to host a community conversation to give people the opportunity to share their stories, hopes, and concerns for their community in a safe space. Come out on Wednesday April 25 from 6-8pm, have a beer, and let's share our stories, listen to one another, and build community together. Details on the format for this event are forthcoming.

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