As a counter-narrative to the incivility permeating our public spaces, NICD is spearheading a national grassroots Revive Civility and Respect campaign to give Americans and leaders solution-oriented actions to restore and call for civility in our democracy.
Citizens and policy makers nationwide are answering that call, becoming civility ambassadors and standing up declaring their commitment to civility through:
- Mayoral / Elected Leader Proclamations
- Citizen Pledges
- Community Led Revive Civility Conversations
Living Room and Community Conversation Discussion Guide
The Living Room Conversation Discussion Guide is being used by citizen’s that wish to gather a small group of family/friends for a one-hour conversation on reviving civility.
The Community Conversation Discussion Guide assists organizations or community organizers that wish to host a larger event in the community. This two-hour conversation is done by gathering participants into small groups with a table facilitator. The community conversations include skill-building exercises for participants to learn how to have a civil conversation across differences. Through active listening, Americans can begin to better understand their fellow citizen’s perspectives. Through more advanced exercises, participants explore how to overcome emotionally-charged feelings toward the “other side” and develop strategies to build tolerance toward those who think very differently than they do. From there, participants will engage in a dialogue around how we can move forward post-election, including finding common ground on issues most Americans – and their communities - care about.
Text, Talk, Revive Civility
NICD’s innovative text messaging platform, Text, Talk, Revive Civility, enables citizens to have a conversation on the importance of civility and how to revive it in our politics and everyday lives.
Participants gather in small groups of 3-5 and text CIVILITY to 89800. Their small group then receives a series of text messages that will lead them through the discussion.
Join Us – Be an Ambassador for Civility
Citizens and groups within communities are coming together around the hunger to change the tone of our democracy. From urban to rural communities, we’re seeing policy makers, universities (faculty and students), civic groups, business leaders, faith based communities, media leaders and others joining in this call. If you are tired of incivility, join us in reviving civility and respect!
The National Institute for Civil Discourse
The National Institute for Civil Discourse is a non-profit, non-partisan institute based at the University of Arizona dedicated to addressing incivility and political dysfunction in American democracy by promoting structural and behavioral change. Informed by research, NICD’s programs are designed to create opportunities for elected officials, the media, and the public to engage different voices respectfully and take responsibility for the quality of our public discourse and effectiveness of our democratic institutions. Their National Advisory Board includes former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush; former Senators Tom Daschle and Olympia Snowe; former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and journalists like Katie Couric, Greta Van Susteren, and NPR’s Scott Simon.