I think the idea of a "Civil Conversation" portal is great; in fact, as of this morning, civilconversations.org is still available!
I don't agree with using various matchmaker/social networking services as a model. I think the more sustainable approach is to develop an online community that supports small conversations and thus fosters connectiveness and a sense of belonging --- I'm a big Peter Block fan! There are a number of platforms available; my personal experience has been with Ning.com, which makes setting up a community network with features such as forums, blogs, etc. very easy.
In the past Speaking of Faith/On Being has been associated with/supported by portals such as this; I'm curious what your experience has been?
Keep up the great work!
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