The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas.
It works like this: a local nonprofit, community group, or business applies to host a Conversation Project program on a topic relevant to their community. An Oregon Humanities facilitator comes to that community to lead the conversation, which lasts from an hour to an hour and a half.
The Conversation Project has more than twenty topics to choose from at any given time, ranging from the ethics of food to government surveillance to the future of racial diversity in Oregon. Our facilitators are trained to connect their topic to the local community and to challenge participants to think in new ways.
The goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities.