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Jackson Center Initiatives

The Jackson Center Proudly Presents: The Community Conversations Initiative

What is it?

The Community Conversation Initiative, an outgrowth of the 2015-2017 Lackey Chapel Social Justice Meetings facilitated by Marva Lackey, is a project sponsored by Coastal Carolina University's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. 

Initiative Goals

  1. Create a safe space for community conversations that feature compassionate listening and openness to diversity as a foundation for empowering and supporting the growth and development of social justice intitiatives. 
  2. Develope the capacity of members of the initiative to facilitate the creation of community conversation circles in a variety of locations in Horry County.
  3. Develop programming related to this intitiative for the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. 



Palmer, Parker J. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

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Additional Readings of Interest:

Cohen, Andrea with Leah Green and Susan Partnow. Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening.

Nepo, Mark, ed. Deepening the American Dream: Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Newberg, Andrew and Mark Robert Waldman. How God Changes You Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist. New York: Ballantine, 2010.

Palmer, Parker. Seasons (also appears as "There is a Season" in Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. 95-109.)

Patterson, Kerry, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hlil, 2012.

Woschinsky, Carol H. Listening with Heart: A Guide for Compassionate Listening.  

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