Discussion and Training Guides

In response to the current climate of incivility, NICD has created several discussion guides to help citizens start talking with—and listening to—each other more effectively.  These guides can work in a variety of different formats and can be adjusted for different groups and lengths of time.  They provide suggestions about how to have effective revive civility conversations as well as ideas for training people to build the skills they need to effectively practice civility.  Download the discussion guides that best fit the type and size of conversation you want to have. 

If you have questions, please contact us.

  • One on One Discussion Guide—Gives guidance on how to have a one on one conversation with someone you know (a friend, colleague, neighbor or family member) or someone you  would like to get to know such as a member of a faith group, club or organization that has a different perspective than yours.
  • Small Group Discussion Guide—Offers suggestions about how to host a conversation with some friends or family members, as well as how to lead a discussion with a few people from a couple of groups or organizations (i.e. Republicans and Democrats, Baptists and Presbyterians, etc.) who likely have different political views.
  • Training and Skills Building Guide—Provides step by step instructions for how to lead a 1-2 hour training for people who want to learn more about listening and other skills needed to effectively promote civility.
  • Text, Talk and Revive Civility—Describes how to have a discussion about reviving civility through the use of a fun and engaging text messaging platform; works particularly well with high school and college students as well as those adults who enjoy their cell phones just as much as the younger generation.

Tools for “Setting the Table for Civility”

In the fall of 2017, the Initiative to Revive Civility is encouraging people all over the country to use the Holiday Season and beyond as a time to start “Setting the Table for Civility” over the holidays as friends and family come together.  We invite people to 1) Pause and reflect on the need to heal the divisions in our country and 2) Take some action to help increase civility and respect between our fellow citizens. Click here for more information.  

If you want to participate in “Setting the Table for Civility,” each of the guides and tools above can be used to hold conversations during this time period.  We also have additional tools and tips available here.