Citizen Discourse and Charter for Compassion Present:

Conversation Collective


About the Collective:

Do you enjoy connecting with people from around the world from the comfort of your own home? 

Do you crave authentic and meaningful conversation? 

Are you seeking opportunities for thoughtful introspection and fresh viewpoints?

Citizen Discourse and the Charter for Compassion converted our weekly Coffee, Compassion, and Conversation series into a Conversation Collective designed to meet these desires and more. Twice weekly (drop-in when your schedule permits!) 75-minute facilitated conversations offer  reflective journaling, restorative mindful moments and one-on-one conversations hosted on Zoom.

Small registration button 1Weekly Dates: 

Mondays 3 p.m. Pacific Time / 6 p.m. Eastern Time

Thursdays 9 a.m. Pacific Time / 12 p.m. Eastern Time

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Monthly Membership:

$36 US - Sustaining level

$18 US - Community level

$ 5 US - Nearly free-- For those on fixed incomes, we welcome all to participate and invite all to contribute

Monthly renewals will occur automatically but can be cancelled at any time.

First-timers are welcome to join as our guest and check it out. Please email Karen at

Community Agreements

The Compassion Contract and Community Agreements help us create a welcoming, connecting, and restorative environment for authentic conversation. The Compassion Contract represents our commitment to practice listening to understand and to engage with wonder and respect. Click here to review and sign your own Compassion Contract.


Sessions are designed and co-facilitated by Karen Gross, Founder of Citizen Discourse. Read more about Karen and Citizen Discourse below:

KarenGNative to Connecticut and raised in El Paso, Texas, Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Early in her career Karen served as a policy director for an Austin City Councilmember, which helped instill a faith in democracy and good government. She served as director of the Austin Anti-Defamation League and oversaw the launch of the Austin Hate Crimes Taskforce and the expansion of the school-based anti-bullying campaign. Following the advice of one of her role models, Bryan Stevenson, Karen got proximate to people’s pain and struggle as a criminal defense attorney. She continues to provide legal counsel to folks seeking to petition for a pardon or clemency.

Karen founded Citizen Discourse out of a deep concern for the state of our polarized society and she believes Citizen Discourse workshops can change hearts, minds, and systems. Early in the pandemic, Citizen Discourse and Charter for Compassion partnered to offer weekly restorative and compassionate conversations in hopes of providing a way for people to connect during a scary and isolating time.  Almost a year and a half later, as we convert this free series into a membership community, Karen is excited to continue to lead intentional gatherings and be a part of growing this special global community.

Citizen Discourse facilitated gatherings are designed to a) build community, b) enhance communication practices and reinforce or reset cultural norms within the community, and c) heighten one’s awareness of self and her role in community. Drawing from behavioral psychology, brain science, restorative circles, and social contract theory, Citizen Discourse workshops help participants feel connected, think critically, and practice effective listening and conversation skills. Learn more at

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