Resources for community conversation

  • Allsides ConsiderIt Dialogs. The AllSides Mission: Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other.
  • Bridge Alliance: Since it’s often difficult for any one group to fully capture public attention or broadly popularize solutions, we are banding together to create great impact across three broad areas: civic engagement, governance and policymaking, and campaign and election processes.
  • Bridge the Divide is a platform that seeks to promote productive and respectful political conversation amongst youth. We hope to unite politically-active students who desire to change the world and are tolerant of politically-diverse thought. As an organization, we stimulate substantive conversation through opinion editorials, mediated discussions, and an international ambassador program.
  • Living Room Conversations: Two conversation hosts from different viewpoints each invite one or two others to join together for structured conversation on a specific topic. (We have a lot of structured topic guides to choose from, or you can create your own).The Conversation Agreements and structure help assure a good experience and allow participants to get to know each other. Living Room Conversations can happen anywhere: our homes, coffee shops, conference spaces, churches, and even online via video chat.
  • In an attempt to build understanding and move forward together, we'd like to invite people to sit down and have dinner. There are many avenues to protest, to donate, to fight, to be heard; Make America Dinner Again is an avenue to listen. These small dinners consist of respectful conversation, guided activities, and delicious food shared among 6-10 guests who have differing political viewpoints, and our country's best interests at heart.
  • Part of AllSidesForSchools, this program for students from middle school to college provides social and emotional learning through communication and collaboration across differences. In the future, Mismatch will be available for anyone interested
    in civil discussions with someone who thinks differently.
  • The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is a network of innovators who bring people together across divides to tackle today’s toughest challenges. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource clearinghouse, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this extraordinary community.
  • The Urban Consulate: Inspired by embassies & salons of Left Bank Paris & the Harlem Renaissance, the Consulate is a place where Jane Jacobs & James Baldwin might have hung out, had they ever hung out. By amplifying voices & ideas, and promoting a culture of learning, we create more informed & engaged communities— and a greater sense of belonging & connection, too. We are always looking for other resources to help improve communities work.

If you know of something that should be on this list, please let us know.

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