America - Melting Pot, Salad Bowl, or ...? (Student Version)
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Conversation Overview

American culture revolves around common ideals. For example, the Declaration of Independence enshrines our rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Similarly, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his most famous speech described the idea that everyone deserves freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity. Most people would agree that we hold these and many other positive values in common. At the same time, America is a highly diverse country in which we all come from different ethnic backgrounds, cultural contexts, and life experiences. America is often described as a "melting pot" in which these diverse backgrounds gradually melt into a shared American identity. A different metaphor would be that of a "salad bowl," in which Americans co-exist side by side, while maintaining more distinct individual identities.

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around America’s common identity as well as our diverse citizenry. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about whether America today is more of a melting pot, a salad bowl, or something else!

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American Creed
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American political leaders of all kinds throughout history have pointed out that American identity revolves around a set of ideals – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In his most famous speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described America’s creed as an unfulfilled “promissory note” based on the idea that everyone deserves freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity to pursue happiness and advancement. People of good will often fundamentally agree, yet we struggle to find way to effectively work together.

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A Month of Brave Connection
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The coronavirus has touched everyone in some way, separating us, causing loss and uncertainty, preventing us from celebrating or even grieving together. Yet it has also brought us closer through shared sacrifice and helping each other. Many of us are realizing how disconnected we had become from our families, neighbors and communities. We all want our nation to open again, but we also want to keep our hearts open and create stronger relationships and communities than we had before. 

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Brave Connection - Golden Rule Conversations
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Strengthening Connections and Practicing the Golden Rule during Crisis

The coronavirus has touched everyone in some way, separating us, causing loss and uncertainty, preventing us from celebrating or even grieving together. On top of this global crisis, communities are experiencing civil unrest. 

While the pandemic brought some of us closer through shared sacrifice and helping each other, social conflict can rip us apart. In all this, many of us are realizing how disconnected we had become from our families, neighbors, and communities. We all want our nation to open again in a peaceful and healthy way, with dignity and respect for each other across our differences. We also want to keep our hearts open and create stronger relationships and communities than we had before. 

Applying the principle of the Golden Rule, to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”  helps in creating those stronger relationships.  It serves as a reminder that each person is a human being and is created in the image and likeness of the Divine. Treating someone with dignity and respect changes the nature of the conversation and opens up the possibility of real communication that can strengthen relationships.

Brave Connections was created to help people weave communities where we can all feel at home.




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Conversation about Politics [DRAFT]
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Today, you will be having a conversation with someone who identifies with the opposite political party as you do. You will spend 2 minutes introducing yourselves. Then, you will spend the remaining 8 minutes talking about why you identify as a Democrat or Republican?

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Coronavirus: Alone - Solitude or Isolation?
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Our social nature is part of our humanity. People tend to like being with other people, and many of us need other people in order to be healthy and happy. The feeling of being alone can weigh heavily on an individual. Yet, for some people, solitude is tranquil, relaxing, and even spiritually rewarding. The current need to physically isolate ourselves from others is putting limits on our social connections. While we are being cut off from outside daily connections, some of us are also sharing living space with others and not having the amount of time and space between us that we’re used to. What is this experience like for you?

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Coronavirus - Dark Clouds, Silver Linings
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Conversation Overview

Months into the pandemic, Americans are experiencing it in a multitude of ways. For some, our adjusted reality has brought only dark clouds. Others have found at least some "silver linings" in the way we live now.  

The goals of this short, 30-minute conversation are to:

  • Give you an opportunity to share and reflect on "where you are now" in your own experience of the pandemic.
  • Give you a hands-on experience of guided conversation on our purpose-built platform.
  • Request your feedback on the experience (5-minute online survey).
You will only be testing and evaluating AllSides Connect's realtime conversation features.  Our platform also offers sign-up, matching, grouping, and scheduling support for organizations seeking to host online, guided conversations for smaller or larger groups.

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Coronavirus - Information in the Time of Corona
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During this pandemic, all of us are searching for accurate, fair and thorough information about the coronavirus. The volume of posts, tweets, emails, broadcasts, rumors and well-meant advice directed at us is formidable. We are doing our best to protect our families and communities from the spread of infection, and identifying reliable sources of information isn’t always easy. Sharing about how we’re doing this may help us all stay healthier during this time.

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Coronavirus - Life in the Time of Corona
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In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going to mean for my life?” The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are physically distancing ourselves from each other to prevent being infected or spreading the infection. As we move forward in this changing environment, it can be helpful to share our experiences and to consider the potential outcomes from our shared national challenge.

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Digital Dialogue (Student Version)
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Technology is a bigger and bigger part of our everyday lives. We use technology to learn in classrooms, watch or make videos, buy things we want, figure out where we're going, keep up with breaking news, and connect with our friends, family, and others. We constantly experience the beeping, buzzing and ringing of texts, emails and phone calls, and we feel a sense of satisfaction or reward when our phones ring or ping us with a new message. Some people even describe feeling "addicted" to technology.

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around our increasingly digital society and how it is helping and / or hurting us. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the role of technology in our lives today.

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Fake and Biased News (Student Version)
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News and an independent press are important to a healthy democracy. All Americans, including younger people, need good information to make informed decisions. Lately we hear a lot about "fake news." What is fake news? What are the consequences of believing fake news? Is it possible to identify fake news so that we don't base our decisions and our understanding of the world on incorrect information? Also, what is media bias? Is it the same thing as fake news, or something different?

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around the media, media bias, labeling of news content as “fake news,” and the role media play in shaping our democracy. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the role and reliability of news in our lives today.

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Free Speech (Student Version)
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What is free speech, why is it important, and when is it OK to limit free speech? With today's technology, it is easier than ever to practice free speech by connecting with our friends, blasting our thoughts and feelings out over social media, and posting the views of others. How can we best protect free speech? How do we know the difference between disagreeing, bullying, and hate speech? Also, should free speech guidelines be different for adults and kids? Why or why not?

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around free speech. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Gender Series #1 - Gender Roles (Student Version)
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Conversations about gender have abounded in recent years. Many people, and young people especially, are shaking off the restraints of traditional, binary, restrictive gender expectations and embracing modern empowerment. Girls and boys alike are leaving gender roles behind. But notions of “femininity” and “masculinity” still define our society. So what does it mean to be a female today? A male? Let’s discuss.

This conversation is part of a three-part series about gender. In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around gender roles. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Gender Series #2 - Gender Inequality (Student Version)
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Women won the right to vote approximately one hundred years ago. Today, women still make approximately 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. The women who started and sustained the #MeToo movement have taken over our media landscape to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of sexual assault. Clearly, the movement for gender equality persists. Why do people still feel that they face barriers as a result of their gender identities? 

This conversation is part of a three-part series about gender. In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around gender inequality. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of gender equality and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Gender Series #3 - Gender Identity (Student Version)
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People identify themselves in many different ways in the 21st century: male, female, transgender, gender fluid, and more. Conversations around gender have become ever more complex: no longer can we limit ourselves to a discussion of “girls” and “boys.” Since our social construction of identity is expanding, perhaps we should reconsider what gender means to us. Let’s utilize the following definitions for this conversation:

Biological Sex - the biological anatomy of an individual’s reproductive system, and secondary sex characteristics (male, female, intersex, etc.) 
Gender Identity - an individual’s concept/identity of one's self (man, woman, trans, gender non-conforming, etc.) 
Gender Expression - how an individual presents to others (masculine, feminine, androgynous, etc.)

This conversation is part of a three-part series about gender. In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around gender identity. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of understanding gender identity and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Healthcare
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Most people need healthcare at some time in their lives. And we all want healthcare in our country to be high quality and affordable. For decades we have spent more on healthcare per capita than any other country in the world, yet our health outcomes are not in the top 20 when it comes to infant mortality or longevity. What might happen if nation wide we had everyone’s best ideas to work with?

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Immigration Series #1 - Legal Immigration (Student Version)
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America’s promise of liberty, opportunity and equality has drawn people from around the world that seek better lives. To a large extent, we are defined by this multi-cultural diversity. Is this diversity a good thing, or should immigrants work to assimilate to American culture? Where do legal immigrants fit into the American narrative? 

This conversation is part of a three-part series on immigration. In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around legal immigration. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Immigration Series #2 - Illegal Immigration (Student Version)
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Many immigrants enter America without legal status. It is estimated that approximately 10.5 million illegal immigrants reside in America today: that’s a significant fraction of our population (Pew Research Center). Currently, these people make up a significant portion of our economy. But America’s feelings towards illegal immigrants are decidedly mixed: some people feel that our country is dependent on this immigration to thrive, while others fear that immigrants are stealing opportunities and burdening our social systems. Some people want to send illegal immigrants back to their countries of origins, while others want to protect their rights to stay in America. It’s a complicated issue: where do you stand?

This conversation is part of a three-part series about immigration. In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around illegal immigration. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Immigration Series #3 - Refugees and Asylum (Student Version)
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Today, we face a global refugee crisis. Millions of families have been forced to flee their homes in the Middle East and Europe, and many families from Central America seek asylum here in the US. This mass movement of people has generated a great deal of conversation: some people rush to welcome refugees, while others protest their arrival. This raises questions about how America should respond. Do we welcome refugees, or should we be wary? What role should America play?

This conversation is part of a three-part series about immigration. In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around refugees and asylum. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Interpreting History (Student Version)
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Most history textbooks aim to present factual and thorough accounts of historical events. As a modern society, however, we increasingly realize that historical narratives have typically been shaped by someone's specific interpretation of events, somewhere along the way. As Winston Churchill once famously stated, "History is written by the victors." Understanding history isn't just about making sense of the past. It's also about looking ahead to predict what will happen -- or should happen -- in the future. History creates deep beliefs about who we are and where we come from, while also shaping our beliefs about others. 

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around understanding history, and why this this is important today and in the future. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about history and the way it is interpreted by ourselves and others. 

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Mental Health
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Most people agree that we want to reduce the stigma around mental health issues so that individuals and families are more inclined to seek help. Many people look to traditional western medicine for the primary answers to mental health problems. There is growing interest in exploring a wider variety of ways to support people facing mental health challenges. The value of meditation, exercise and other practices show great promise as we learn more and more about the plasticity of our brains. What does it mean to ‘get better’ from a mental health problems, and is it even possible?

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Mental Health (Student Version)
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NOTE: This topic is recommended for 10th grade and above, at educators' discretion.

Recent health research has revealed a rise in mental health issues impacting young people (American Psychological Association). Today, many high school and college students deal with anxiety and/or depression. Popular media platforms, like Netflix, have latched onto suicide and mental health as controversial, stimulating subject matter. Are these platforms doing more harm than good? While some believe they reduce the stigma around mental health issues, others believe they lead to increased suicide rates (National Institute of Health). What does popular media get right about young people’s mental health? What does it get wrong? As students, think about how your community values mental health, and what changes you’d like to see in the future. 
 
In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around mental health. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Money and Values (Student Version)
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How we earn, spend, and invest our money impacts individuals, communities, the environment, and the world. Some say that how we use our money shows what (or who) we truly value. How, if at all, does money serve that role for you? 

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around money and values. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about earning money, spending money, and what all of it means in terms of your respective values systems. 

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More Curious, Less Furious
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Many media and culture sources promote the idea that we should view those who disagree with us as enemies. This approach limits our ability to solve the major problems of our day. Research shows that curiosity which seeks multiple perspectives can open the mind, increase empathy, reduce fears, encourage self-awareness and promote humility. Curiosity about how and why other people arrive at values and beliefs can lead to better solutions, understanding and appreciation. Life experiences shape who we are, and sharing stories can help bridge gaps and encourage mutual respect. We can make a choice to become more curious and less furious. In this conversation we will share thoughts and experiences about choosing to be curious.

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Polarization
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As we approach the 2020 elections, we are aware of our political differences. Some polarization is a natural part of an election as a way of differentiating between political parties and candidates, but today we are increasingly seeing Americans who vote for other parties not just as different or wrong, but as morally corrupt, evil. Contributing to this, based on our politics, we read different news sources that support our existing narratives. This kind of polarization can halt progress on important policies–even ones with  a majority of the country’s support—sparking anger and resentment in politics, fraying our social fabric, and leading more people to fear the potential for violence.

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Polarization
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As we approach the 2020 elections, we are aware of our political differences. Some polarization is a natural part of an election as a way of differentiating between political parties and candidates, but today we are increasingly seeing Americans who vote for other parties not just as different or wrong, but as morally corrupt, evil. Contributing to this, based on our politics, we read different news sources that support our existing narratives. This kind of polarization can halt progress on important policies–even ones with  a majority of the country’s support—sparking anger and resentment in politics, fraying our social fabric, and leading more people to fear the potential for violence.

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Political Peace Building
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Political ads and media are fanning our anxiety about the other side and threatening the very fabric of our communities. Can we engage with generosity and lead with our deepest values at this time of heightened political polarization? Can we be peace builders? This conversation was designed to foster political peace building efforts within political affinity groups. It provides an opportunity to reflect on how we got to our current polarized climate and what the costs of that division are as we face the presidential election. What commitments can we make with ourselves and friends to help us heal rifts and better model what a successful democratic republic can be?

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Politics and Personal Relationships
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How can we better maintain and create relationships and work towards healthy communities in spite of political differences? Is this even possible? This conversation allows us to start exploring how we can disagree and still care about each other and how we can work together when we find agreement. Whatever our differences, let’s identify the shared values that we can build on for the good of our country. Generosity. Kindness. Freedom. Respect. Human dignity.

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Race and Incarceration (Student Version)
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Recently, the American public has grown increasingly aware of the fact that our prisons contain a disproportionate number of minorities, especially African Americans, relative to the general population. Some people see our criminal justice system as racially biased, while others believe the system to be fair and protective of the public’s interests. We all want our justice system to be equitable, and to keep our communities safe. Acknowledging this complexity, how can we improve the outcomes of our criminal justice system?

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around race and incarceration. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Relationships First (Student Version)
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We shape our world through relationships. Most people agree we want classrooms and communities where all people have dignity and respect. Yet respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. And far too many people feel disrespected in their lives. What can we do about this? 

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around relationships, respecting differences, and resolving problems. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of putting relationships first.

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Social Groups and Identity (Student Version)
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As humans, we tend to seek a sense of belonging in the world by identifying ourselves with one or more social groups. For example, a group of friends, a club, a church, a band, etc. The groups we belong to can exist at very local levels, or can have global reach. Our naturally "group-ish" behavior helps us in countless ways ... we can find friendship, status, skills, safety, fulfillment and many other benefits by joining and participating in social groups. At the same time, our tendency to form into groups can have effects -- whether intentional or not -- that are less positive. When group formation excludes certain people or views, or leads to unhealthy competitive dynamics between groups, the consequences can be risky or harmful for some. 

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around social groups and identity. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll reflect on how forming and joining groups can be beneficial (or detrimental) to us as individuals.

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Technology and Relationships
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We are in an age of wonder and amazement with technology. It can go anywhere with us and we can be reachable at any time. We use technology to order our groceries, navigate our cities, keep up with breaking news, family members living away and in some cases remain connected to our politicians and faith-based communities. So many of us are reachable and can respond immediately to beeping, buzzing and ringing of texts, emails and phone calls. We like what we feel when our phones ring or ping us with a new message and that makes us want more. Some experts have have suggested that technology is controlling us, that we have lost control of it…like an addiction. Is technology our friend, the life saving tool of the 21st Century or a manipulator of our minds and master of our time? Who is in charge?

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The Golden Rule in Politics
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People with a variety of theological and political views are coming together to express concern about the polarization and hostility that is tearing our country apart. We are deeply troubled by the prospect of an angry and hateful political campaign season in 2020 that would further divide us as a nation. 

There is a belief that our country can find guidance through this dilemma in the spiritual teachings and practice of the Golden Rule - to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”— especially as we engage in political activity. We believe that if enough people follow this Golden Rule principle, it will help generate the respect and kindness we so desperately need in our country. 

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The Search for Purpose (Student Version)
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Conversation Overview

Most people believe it is important to find a sense of purpose in life. For some, finding purpose is closely associated with achievement and success. For others, finding purpose might be more about maximizing feelings of happiness and contentment. Still others define purpose in terms of a "mission" or "calling" that drives one to help others. How do people's different definitions of purpose shape the world we live in? How is your own sense of purpose being shaped and defined today?

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around how people define and pursue a sense of purpose in life. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers feel about the importance of "finding purpose" as an aspect of human existence.

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To Vote or Not to Vote? (Student Version)
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American citizens achieve the right to vote at age 18. Many Americans, however, don't register to vote, and many registered voters choose not to cast ballots during elections. Furthermore, younger voters (i.e. voters under age 30) tend to vote at much lower rates than older age groups. What is it about voting that inspires younger and older people to vote -- or discourages them from voting -- in local, state, and federal elections? 

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around voting, the forces that encourage or discourage voting, and our responsibilities as citizens in a democracy. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about whether “to vote or not to vote” among those who are eligible to do so.

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Tribalism 101 - Next Door Strangers (Student Version)
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Conversation Overview

Tribalism: the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group. 

Everyone has different communities and groups they identify with. The trouble comes when these groups create division and conflict in society. Most people want to live in a country where all people have dignity and respect, regardless of their particular social groups. However, respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. How do we build strong and unified communities in a divisive time?

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around tribalism. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it.

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Unity
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The power to come together within similar and across diverse communities seems more and more elusive. Our alienation from the people around us, manifests in ever-growing depression, addiction, physical and psychological abuse, crime, violence and suicide – indicators of spirits in distress and despair. We are caught in giant social and political arguments about the symptoms of our dis-unity that ignore our heart-felt desire for harmony and peace with one another and the earth. In the face of all this, the gift of the power of unity calls us to find our way back to a deep knowing of interconnection and community. Our challenge is to trust in unity, even when we have a history of experiences that lead us to distrust and feel separate from others.

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Universal Basic Income (Student Version)
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Conversation Overview

NOTE: This topic is recommended for 10th grade and above, at educators' discretion.

What would happen if we had a Universal Basic Income (UBI)? Under UBI, every adult citizen of the country would receive a certain amount of money (e.g. $1000) every month, regardless of circumstances. Some politicians regard this idea as a potentially simple, effective solution to poverty, one that could also stimulate the economy. Others see it as an overly general, simplistic waste of resources. We invite you to explore the potential benefits and drawbacks of UBI.

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around universal basic income. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of free speech and the responsibilities we all face around it. 

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Weave the Social Fabric
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Many people sense that something is broken in society. Surveys show about half of young adult Americans are lonely. Opioid addiction, suicide, gun violence, ethnic tension and depression have been rising. We face rapid change from a globalized economy, cell phones and social media, job-hopping, online dating, immigration, and uncertainty about our future health and wealth. Our social fabric seems to be shredding. Others observe that the social fabric of our communities and nation was never really woven to include everyone in the first place. Yet, there have been many times as a country when people looked past their surface differences and came together as neighbors to support each other.

We’ve come together today to get to know each other, share our experience of isolation and connection, and consider how we might work together to build connections that allow us to feel recognized, respected and valued.

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#WeavingCommunity During Crisis
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Conversation Overview

During this time of physical distancing, we can still be connected. In fact, the current crisis is sparking deep, rich, meaningful conversations all across our country. Technology can play a constructive role in enabling us to meet across distance, even face-to-face.

Want to host a conversation among your neighbors, friends, or family? Here’s all you need! The suggested conversation prompts and guidelines below were collaboratively developed by many of our partners, reflecting their collective experience creating conversations in communities across America.

To host a conversation up to 60 minutes in length, skip the "optional round" described in this guide. To host a conversation up to 80 minutes in length (or longer), complete all rounds. You can also vary the conversation length by skipping, shortening, or extending any round as your group prefers. 

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#WeavingCommunity During Crisis - Featured Conversation Guide
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Conversation Overview

During this time of physical distancing, we can still be connected. In fact, the current crisis is sparking deep, rich, meaningful conversations all across our country. Technology can play a constructive role in enabling us to meet across distance, even face-to-face.

Want to host a conversation among your neighbors, friends, or family? Here’s all you need! The suggested conversation prompts and guidelines below were collaboratively developed by many of our partners, reflecting their collective experience creating conversations in communities across America. Make sure you add your conversation to the Weaving homepage map so we can celebrate you #WeavingCommunity!

To host a conversation up to 60 minutes in length, skip the "optional round" described in this guide. To host a conversation up to 80 minutes in length (or longer), complete all rounds. You can also vary the conversation length by skipping, shortening, or extending any round as your group prefers. 

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