Let’s Talk America Wallet Card
This “mini-manual” gives an introduction to the 2004 dialogue project “Let’s Talk America,” as well as the process and agreements used. It’s a great model of a simple, tiny handout that explains a dialogue process in a friendly, accessible way.
Download the Let’s Talk America Wallet Card now, from http://ncdd.org/rc/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/LTA_wallet_card.pdf.
LTA’s wallet cards were based on Conversation Cafe’s innovative (and even tinier!) wallet cards used by hosts when they review the process and agreements at each Cafe. You can download the Conversation Cafe wallet cards as well, from the NCDD site at http://ncdd.org/rc/wp-content/uploads/ConvCafeWalletCard.pdf. The two-sided, two-color folded wallet card is actually a micro brochure and manual, complete with process and agreements and suggested questions for going deeper with your conversations. One page prints 6 cards, and you can print double-sided, in color or b/w, then cut and fold.
Let’s Talk America (LTA) was a joint project of the Utne Institute, Conversation Cafe, World Cafe, and NCDD. The project strove to bring Americans from all points on the political spectrum together in cafes, bookstores, churches and living rooms for lively, open-hearted dialogue to consider questions essential to the future of our democracy. LTA reconnected with the “town hall” meeting spirit that’s the lifeblood of our democracy, providing opportunities for everyone to talk about America’s promise, about what freedom, democracy, unity and equality mean to us — to “we the people.” Let’s Talk America is a meeting ground where we can come together to listen, speak, ask and learn — without being forced to agree, change or bite our tongues.