Living Room Conversations for Sustainability

Engaging with friends and neighbors we may disagree with about complex sustainability topics like climate change was one of the highlight topics at the February 2019 Sustainable Rossmoor (SR) general meeting. Joan Blades described Living Room Conversations and facilitated small-group conversations.

The small-group conversations gave attendees insights to rebuild civil discourse across ideological, cultural and political party lines. The conversations help embrace shared values. Topics included climate change, recycling and composting, and reducing plastic waste.

These conversations increase understanding and reveal common ground. And sometimes even help us to discuss possible solutions.

SR Steering Committing will be looking into information and training related to constructive dialogue using Living Room Conversations.

Living Room Conversations is a national organization committed to encouraging conversations. Joan Blades is the co-founder of Living Room Conversations. She is the co-founder of several nonprofit organizations, such as, and

Blades is a co-author of “The Custom-Fit Work-place,” winner of a Nautilus book award in 2011. She authored “The Motherhood Manifesto.” “The Motherhood Manifesto” won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. She was a software entrepreneur and a co-founder of Berkeley Systems – best known for the flying toaster screen saver and the computer game “You Don’t Know Jack.” She is also an attorney.

Read the Rossmoor News article about the February meeting. See pages 5B and 16B. Rossmoor News January 30 article about Joan Blades (see page 5B and 16B,

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