Facing heightened divisions in our nation and world, we explored the meaning of Civility in our February 2020 Community Conversation. Conversing first in pairs, and then in small groups, we discussed the question: “How do you define civility?” Our definitions went beyond politeness and kindness, to exploring what civility means for a deeper engagement with each other. Here is a summary of what came out of our small and whole group conversations, ideas that are pertinent to challenging times.
In our second small group conversation time, we explored how to effectively meet incivility with civility. Each group discussed one of these scenarios:
In all of these scenarios, we found a variety of ways to correct the situation through mutually respectful and educational approaches that could lead to ongoing improvement. How would you address these or similar scenarios?
We’d love to hear your thoughts about civility. Here are some questions to consider:
How do we meet the challenge of Covid-19 in a way that brings people together, rather than pulling them apart?
How do we help each other in this time of severe economic loss?
How do we find solutions that make everyone feel heard - and that actually work?
Thoughts to share? Let’s start a conversation here!