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Americans of all stripes are coming together coast to coast in conversations on any topic of interest—both in-person and virtually. You’re welcome to join a scheduled conversation or host your own, commit to #ListenFirst to understand in your daily encounters, and explore conversation resources.

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Host a Conversation

Want to host a conversation? Awesome - it's easy! You’re welcome to use any topic and format you like, or explore the popular topics and hosting resources below. Add your in-person or virtual conversation here, or by selecting your topic below then clicking the "add your conversation" button on the right side of each topic page. Once approved, your conversation will appear for others to join!

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Commit to #ListenFirst

Each person who listens first to understand tips the scales toward a stronger and more equitable future for our nation and better relationships in our daily lives. Will you join us?

I will listen first to understand

Conversation Resources

NCP Sustaining Members have provided helpful resources to enhance your conversations. Check out the rich guides, tips, insights, wisdom, assessments, and training below.

Conversation Guides & Methods

NCP Picks:
Relationships First
United or Divided
Talking Politics

Explore more than 80 topical guides for casual conversations among a few people, plus tips to create your own.

The Best of Enemies was released on April 5, the start of National Week of Conversation 2019. It features a two-week long process of conversation called a charrette, allowing for open and constructive dialogue to expand perspectives. The movie is an example of a unique situation where a charrette was used in a particularly dangerous environment, though we believe charrettes are useful more generally. After you see the film, gather a group of people and use this guide to discuss its primary themes.

Bridge geographic divides with a Mismatch online video conversation. Contact Julie.

Use the simple Conversation Cafe format to host a meaningful conversation.
Partner with one of 700+ professional facilitators in the NCDD network.

Guide for Conversations Across the Red-Blue Divide

Conversation Tips

NCP Picks:
Listen first to understand
Be curious and open to learning
Suspend judgement and extend grace
Maximize diversity of perspectives

Explore the Top 10 Tips for a Listen First Conversation

Explore LRC’s Conversation Agreements

Issue Insights

Explore thoroughly researched pro-con arguments for dozens of topics.

Burst your filter bubble with balanced issue news and a balanced dictionary of divisive terms.

#ListenFirst Wisdom

Listen First Academy: Learn more about the science of listening and what it means to #ListenFirst.

Personal Assessment

Take the ECHO Listening Profile to learn your listening style and how to best leverage it for personal and professional success. Contact Graham.

Personal Training

Attend Red-Blue Workshop Moderator Training and/or Skills Training. Contact Donna.

Attend workshops such as Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences, The Power of Dialogue, and Basic Facilitation Skills.