Feb. 1, 2023
A Living Room Conversations series has been adopted by LWVUV. The Communications Committee is now taking applications. See below.
As part of our pilot project, we will gather a small group of six people (two Republicans, two Democrats, and two Independents or Unaffiliated plus a moderator) to get together to discuss what they think about certain subjects for 90 minutes once a week for four weeks. The point is to listen to the other person with curiosity and understanding and without judgment. These conversations are not aimed at changing minds. It’s about listening to each other respectfully.
Informational Handout – Please give these out to your friends.
Conversation Agreements – Please read these basic agreements. If you can follow these agreements, you are a candidate for the program.
Key Principles and Best Practices – by the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
Check out the subjects below for Weeks 1 through 4 and the associated forms.
- Week 1 • Relationships First • Feedback form • Online Feedback form
- Week 2 • The American Creed • Feedback form • Online Feedback form
- Week 3 • The Golden Rule of Politics • Feedback form • Online Feedback form
- Week 4 • Money in Politics • Feedback form • Online Feedback Form
Download the application, fill it out and mail it to LWVUV, PO Box 2434, Roseburg OR 97471
Applications are due by 2/15/23. When we receive your application, we will contact you.
LWV Umpqua Valley is developing a Living Room Conversations pilot project that you can be a part of. Join our Communications Committee or become a participant in our first project.
Last year we formed a Communications Committee that met throughout 2022 to discuss exactly how to address the polarization in our community.
We believe that our emphasis should be fostering better communications in our community by listening to each other with respect and empathy, rather than blasting those who disagree with us or becoming partisan in the process.
In past years we held ‘Listening’ workshops over the course of several months that taught us how to listen to inner selves, to become aware of our own body language, and to be able to talk about it respectfully and listen to each other with empathy and without judgement. Our focus came to be ‘Civil Discourse’, a familiar theme of the League of Women Voters.
Because there are many online ‘Civil Discourse’ groups that have great expertise and experience, we chose to investigate the different options. We have studied a number of recommended programs and communication techniques. Under the umbrella of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, we found rich resources that include: Common Sense American, Engaging Differences, Golden Rule 2020, Divided We Fall, and the Next Generation. We also found other stimulating and provocative programs such as ListenFirst, and Living Room Conversations.
We have chosen a project that is based on Living Room Conversations to start up as soon as possible. For our first attempt, we hope to gather a small group of people (two Republicans, two Democrats, and two Independents or Unaffiliated plus a moderator) to get together to discuss what they think about certain subjects once a week for 90 minutes via Zoom for four weeks. The point is to listen to the other person with curiosity and for understanding. It is not to change people’s minds. It’s about listening to each other.
The weekly subjects we have chosen for this pilot project are entitled and in the following order.
If you are interested in participating in the pilot project or joining our Communications Committee, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Robin Wisdom, LWV Umpqua Valley president, at 541-672-6982.