Human Ties

Host a Conversation

Host a Conversation That Matters

Community Conversations are not lectures, panels, town halls, or presentations – these are actual conversations which require active participation from everyone. You don’t need any expertise to participate or host a conversation in your community! 

Public and private organizations or groups can apply. The Idaho Humanities Council provides organizations with materials and resources to help host successful community conversations.  Local libraries, public meeting spaces, schools or community groups are good ideas for venues. 

IHC will provide trained facilitators and work with hosts to pick a topic. Anyone participating in a conversation should attend as an individual rather than expecting to represent an organization or speak on behalf of a group of people. This is a space to make mistakes, to listen more than you speak, and to learn that understanding our differences is the most productive way to move forward. 

We do not record the conversations or share any names or personal details from the conversation afterward – this is to honor the privacy and confidentiality of participants, as well as encourage both a safe and brave space for people to share and learn.  

Facilitators are available to travel throughout the state, and IHC hopes to foster conversations from Idaho's Panhandle to its southernmost communities. 

Get In Touch

Your first conversation for the Human Ties program starts here! Contact the program officer, Johanna Bringhurst, using the secure form below or at to start scheduling a preliminary conversation about your application. In order to best match you with a facilitator, it is helpful to include several topics and some possible dates/times in your message.

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