The best conversations are often driven by sincere questions and active listening. Appreciative inquiry, defined as the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us, is a great way to frame kick-off and follow-up questions.
The mission of the humankind network is to strengthen our sense of shared humanity, across boundaries real and perceived, by learning to have conversations that connect. To help us fulfill our mission, we are collaborating with an organization called Living Room Conversations.
How do we bridge the divide? How do we have conversations that might be both difficult and meaningful? To explore these questions, humankind San Diego collaborated with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego to facilitate Living Room Conversations. The experimental conversations focused on politics and the faith community, and the conversations were both robust and thought-provoking.
By Reverend Rebecca Dinovo
Our chosen topic was on the (potentially charged) subject of the intersection of faith and politics. However, as we followed the helpful Living Room Conversation guide and format, I noticed the people at my table were able and willing to be vulnerable with one another and share not only varying viewpoints, but even some significant fears they had about what is happening in our nation and here in California.