Living Room Conversations & Story Stitch
Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides through meaningful and authentic dialogue.
Conversation Agreements: How We Will Engage
- Be curious and listen to understand. Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking. You might enjoy exploring how others’ experiences have shaped their values and perspectives.
- Show respect and suspend judgment. People tend to judge one another. Setting judgment aside opens you up to learning from others and makes them feel respected and appreciated. Try to truly listen, without interruption or crosstalk.
- Note any common ground as well as any differences. Look for areas of agreement or shared values that may arise and take an interest in the differing beliefs and opinions of others.
- Be authentic and welcome that from others. Share what’s important to you. Speak from your experience. Be considerate of others who are doing the same.
- Be purposeful and to the point. Do your best to keep your comments concise and relevant to the question you are answering. Be conscious of sharing airtime with other participants.
- Own and guide the conversation. Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and the conversation as a whole. Be proactive in getting yourself and others back on track if needed. Use an agreed upon signal like the “time out” sign if you feel the agreements are not being honored.
- Practice humility. Know that you and others will make mistakes. That is okay. It's part of the process when engaging in vulnerable and authentic conversations.
Monday, April 5, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Sustainability Month Conversation: Welcome to the Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club
This living room conversation invites you to join in a Three Legged Frog Student Club conversation. We start each club meeting with a question about our personal relationship with the environment or nature. We do this activity to connect ourselves with the work of environmentalism. It can be an enlightening practice to name what we love about nature, to uncover our connections to our environment, and to see the commonality or difference of our individual experiences.
Click here to Register to join the conversation.
Environmental Issues Background Information: While you don’t need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. AllSides, has prepared a variety of articles reflecting multiple sides of this topic.