Scale in Your Community
Creating a successful, positive movement will take scaling common ground Living Room Conversations in your community.
While it's ideal to bring people from different parts of the political spectrum together, we acknowledge it can be hard to find people who hold different views from your own, particularly in today's polarized environment. If that's the case for you, we encourage you to simply find people who represent diversity within your community -- in terms of experience, age, socio-economic background, etc. or where they fall on your side of the political spectrum.
If you are part of a community that shares our values and vision, we’d love to hear from you!
Here are some ways you can get your community involved:
- Share the Common Ground Coalition’s work leaders in your community
Promote the United or Divided? Living Room Conversation in an email or email newsletter to your community
Organize multiple United or Divided? Living Room Conversations for members of your community
Recruit hosts from your community to host one or more United or Divided? Living Room Conversations for your community members
If you have a book club, Bible Study, or community group that meets regularly, consider using the United or Divided? conversation guide at your next meeting
Post about Common Ground Coalition on your community’s Facebook page or group
Find out who’s partnering with us, or suggest a community partner!
Sample Email or Facebook Post to Your Community
I'm writing to share a exciting new project, called The Common Ground Coalition, which is seeding a grassroots, citizen-led movement to identify common ground issues and work with legislators to prioritize them. Common Ground Coalition is doing this by helping communities like ours organize structured conversations among groups of 4 - 6 people who hold different political views and life experiences, as well as by working with The Chisel, a national bi-partisan policy organization, to get voter feedback on policies that have broad support from across the political spectrum.
I would for our community to get involved in organizing conversations among our members using the conversation guide, United or Divided? Where Do We Go From Here? The results we report back to Common Ground Coalition will help define a shared agenda for moving America forward.
Please let me know if you are interested in hosting or co-hosting a conversation!
Is your community hosting a retreat, conference, or regular member meeting? Check out our resources for using Living Room Conversations on a variety of relevant topics at your next conference.