A townhall meeting is inherently optimistic. We go to them because we know things can be better, and we want to be a part of making that happen. So we speak, we listen, and we find personal and political common ground. From this common ground, we work together to make positive change.
But we don't only have these types of conversations in union halls and school gymnasiums. We have them on Facebook, when we tag people to bring them into conversations. We have them in the comments sections of blogs, when we shift our perspective based on the experiences of others. We have them in cafes, when strangers pull up their chairs to join a discussion we are having with our friends.
Those pulled-up chairs, online or otherwise, represent your community. We are here to help you collaborate with and grow that community.