The following might be helpful agreements for respectful, inventive conversation:

+ speak for yourself alone, and allow others to do the same

+ resist criticizing another person’s views or persuading them to agree

+ listen carefully and with resilience – hang in there if something is difficult to hear

+ take care not to dominate airtime

+ avoid interrupting, unless it is to say that you can’t hear

+ pass if you don’t feel ready to speak

+ respect other people’s confidentiality if they ask

These suggestions are paraphrased from the Public Conversations Project’s Nuts and Bolts Guide: