humankind and National Week of Conversation: Get the word out #NWOC #ListenFirst

humankind and National Week of Conversation: Get the word out #NWOC #ListenFirst

Did you know that National Week of Conversation #NWOC was a thing? We didn’t either. This year it is from April 20-28. Since humankind is a network of people and initiatives committed to strengthening our shared humanity through conversations that connect, we had to get onboard.

Appreciative Inquiry: An Effective Tool to Connect Across Boundaries

Appreciative Inquiry: An Effective Tool to Connect Across Boundaries

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.

Real Big Living Room Conversation at the San Diego Museum of Man

Real Big Living Room Conversation at the San Diego Museum of Man

Saturday, March 31st was marked on many calendars as a weekend for Passover, Easter, or simply Spring Break. It was also humankind’s first shot at a multi-table Living Room Conversations event, held at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

What's the Big Idea Behind Living Room Conversations?

What's the Big Idea Behind Living Room Conversations?

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.

Tackling the Tough Conversations

Tackling the Tough 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.

Can We Talk? Faith and Politics Conversations at St. James

Can We Talk? Faith and Politics Conversations at St. James

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.