Project Connect uses a Living Room Conversation format to host events that facilitate greater understanding among the participants.
Briefly, these conversations can happen in homes, coffee shops, schools, churches, or anywhere groups of citizens can gather. The point of the conversation is to listen - not convert.
Be curious and open to learning.
Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking. Enjoy hearing all points of view. Maintain an attitude of exploration.
Show respect and suspend judgment.
Human beings tend to judge one another; do your best not to. Setting judgments aside opens you up to learning from others and makes them feel respected and appreciated.
Find common ground and note differences.
Look for a common ground you can agree on 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 authentically from your personal experience. Be considerate of others who are doing the same.
Be purposeful and to the point.
Notice if what you are conveying is or is not pertinent to the topic at hand.
Own and guide the conversation.
Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and that of the conversation. Be proactive in getting yourself and others back on track if needed.