let’s have those conversations we’re very good at avoiding

I’ve spent the past couple of years crisscrossing the country, having closed-door conversations with American white women. The conversations I facilitated and participated in, which I call Listening Circles, were lightly structured, based on inquiry, with no objective but to increase personal understanding of a subject or another’s perspective.

Following is a suggested blueprint for igniting similar conversations with the people in your own life. If you’re considering facilitating a Listening Circle as part of a reading group, you may choose to hold that circle after the group has read the book, using chapter topics as conversation prompts, in addition to the questions suggested in the tool kit you can download below.

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