On Wednesday, September 19th, Living Room Conversations & the Transpartisan Review will begin a series of conversations exploring our relationship with political culture and the important issues defining it using the Living Room Conversation method.
Beginning with an online conversation and leading to a face-to-face small group meeting at the 2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, this dialogue series will explore an idea: does polarization and the deterioration of relationships between people with differing opinions interfere with the objectivity needed to solve problems in our communities, and does this translate to a “political trance” on the national level, encouraging political hostility and widening the political divide?
For more information about the conversation please contact Jacob Hess, co-director of Village Square Utah, at jzhess[at]gmail.com. For technical questions and info about the NCDD event, please contact Andy Fluke, co-founder of NCDD, at andy[at]ncdd.org.
Our conversation will be facilitated using the Living Room Conversation method. If you have not participated in this method before you will find all the information you need in the short pdf document linked below. It offers an Overview & Explanation of our conversation, explains the Conversation Agreements participants are asked to embrace, and offers a Feedback Form to help assess the experience.
To prepare for the conversation, please download the following files:
If possible, please print out the conversation guide in preparation for our first conversation. The instruction pdf has the links you need to test and join the Zoom video call.
Below you will find a description of our topic along with a set of questions we will be incorporationg into the Living Room Conversation.
Jim Turner and Lawry Chickering have authored a series of Transpartisan Notes over the past two years, many of which have examined both current and historical topics from the perspective of the Transpartisan Matrix. We invite you to learn more about this perspective by exploring the following Notes.
Shared Rights In Public Space: A Transpartisan Key
Note #103 – People working together for the common good build strong democracies. Strong democracies build strong communities and strong countries.
The Transpartisan Matrix: Help Understanding Our Volatile Politics
Note #78 – The Four Quadrant Transpartisan Matrix will help us find opportunities and manage threats.
The Transpartisan Matrix: Help Understanding Our Volatile Politics II
Note #79 – Individuals participating in electoral efforts provide real opportunities for the big brand parties.
David Brooks & The Matrix
Note #93 – Brooks argues that excessive individualism is undermining the institutions essential for society to exist.
MATRIX: Broadening the Left/Right Spectrum
Note #52 – People feel an increasing desire for active citizenship that is found in all successful social models.
Authoritarians, Half the Matrix
Note #21 – The problem is deep divisions in our society’s political party culture.
The Many Faces Of Transpartisan I
Note #10 – The contemporary Transpartisan movement appears to have two quite different faces.
The Many Faces Of Transpartisan II
Note #11 – Left and right agree that both freedom and order are essential for solutions to social issues.