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Want More Effective Action? Start With Dialogue.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

By Debilyn Molineaux Our society is forever pushing us to "do something" to leave the world a better place for our children. Action is valued. ...

Politics and the Psychotherapist

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 12.30.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

The world has changed drastically since the results of the November 8th election, and with it the psychotherapist's task. The focus on our personal li...

In a Dialogue: In a Dignilogue

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.20.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

In a Dialogue: In a Dignilogue By Carol Smaldino Circulating on the web this week is a piece by Maria Popova from her very creative, exciting and ti...

Make Thanksgiving Great Again

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 11.21.2016 | HuffPost Home
Alecia Wartowski

. So much of our country lives in a space of fear, anger, and loss at a time when we need thoughtfulness, tolerance and understanding. Add love to your holiday menu, and maybe you can find a way to build a bridge to make Thanksgiving great again.

Courage in the Face of Fear

Living Room Conversations | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

By Jacquie West Courage in the face of fear is not for the faint of heart, especially for those whose hearts are broken.  The first Saturday after t...

Let's Find a Way to Make the Dialogue Work

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columnist There is a breaking point for many people around the neighborhood and around the country, as has been seen this mon...

Give Peace A Chance

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 11.14.2016 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." ~ Ronald Reagan As a child of the 1960s, I comprehend al...

How Philosophy Might Rescue Our Polity

David Brendel | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
David Brendel

We in America stand at a moment of great opportunity. We are directly addressing critical issues including healthcare, taxes, immigration, foreign policy, counterterrorism, police and community relations, and second amendment rights. "Voter apathy" has not been a problem this time around.


Brad Harrington | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Brad Harrington

Whatever happens and whoever wins the Presidential election on Tuesday, there is a fundamental challenge that lies ahead. We (Americans) need to wake ...

Bridges and Walls

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Green
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy There is so much going on in this pre-election time. (I don't know when the pre-election started, it is one of those periods that ...

Scary Green Pants

Living Room Conversations | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by Mary Gaylord One of my favorite books is What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss. The story is about a person afraid of a pair of empty, quivering, pa...

The Boomerang Effect

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

A recent work trip found me networking with two women I hadn't met before. It didn't take long before I noticed a pattern pop up. Let's see if you catch it.

10,718 Paper Airplanes

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Washington, DC sculptor Sex, religion and money. These used to be the subjects to avoid. Now, it is politics. Co...

Philosophers of Possibility -- Katrina Rogers, Fielding Graduate University

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.02.2016 | College
Harry Boyte

Rogers found that "you have to be engaged for the long term," not simply show up. The field of democratic engagement and conflict resolution has crucial insights, like finding common interests and the craft of negotiation.

We're All Just Walking Each Other Home.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion
Living Room Conversations

by Linda Taylor We've just heard that Jesus and the disciples were turned away from a Samaritan village where they may have expected to be welcomed....

Political Conversations: Start with the Living Room and One Day It Can Perhaps Move to the Dinner Table?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Veronica Chin I always considered myself a pacifist, or at least not an agitator. But thanks to a Living Room Conversation I participated in a few...

What If Our Political Opposite Isn't (Actually) The Devil... What Then?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

Credit: Bonch Gurevich by Jacob Z. Hess, Partner, Living Room Conversations It used to be that friends and acquaintances were mystified at my inter...

Critical Thinking in Genocide Prevention: How We Think Matters

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Bonhoeffer asks this question as he considers the Holocaust--looking back at both human depravity and the complicity that keeps "good humans" from acting. What turns all of us into bystanders and benefactors, safe in our homes, content not to rock the boat?

'The Innocents,' A Conversation with Ace Atkins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.12.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Joe Worthem Ace Atkins, while working as a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his coverage of a cold...

Yes, Peace Is Possible!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Understood, it is more challenging to say "yes" to an encounter and "no" to a conflict. Understood, Most of us tend to listen with an eye to contradi...

Restoring Mutual Respect and Pluralism at our Colleges and Universities

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.09.2016 | College
Noam Schimmel

'The Big Uneasy,' a recent article in the New Yorker, illustrates the illiberal and anti-democratic turn in college life; away from pluralism and genu...

Are We In The Midst Of A Public Space Crisis?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

By linking physical spaces with a live webcam network, Parrhesiastic Play gives people a stage to "perform" before the cameras. It's a playful way to comment on the rise of surveillance while interacting with a large audience.

Talking Honestly About Ali Can Honor His Racial Legacy

David Campt | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
David Campt

Co-authored by Dr. Lora-ellen McKinney While we are grieving Muhammad Ali's death, we should reflect back on his undoubtedly positive role in bridgin...

'Monsters: A Love Story,' A Conversation with Liz Kay

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Michele O'Donnell Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poetry has ...

55,000 People Have a Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

To be precise, there were over 3,500 conversations, involving 55,000 people. All on one day, in and around Chicago. Wow.