Setting the Table for Civility

During  the time before, during and after Thanksgiving of 2017, the National Institute for Civil Discourse is inviting people from all over the country to take part in NICD's Initiative to Revive Civility and help "Set the Table for Civility."  NICD and more than 80 national and local partner organizations are urging Americans to make a special effort during the Thanksgiving season to do two things:

  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.

NICD will create simple "conversation kits" which focuses on three basic questions that people will be invited to discuss:

  • What are you most thankful for about America?
  • How do you feel about the deep divisions and incivility we see now in our country?
  • What can we do to revive civility and find more effective ways to work together?

A particular goal will be to get Americans  of different points of view to talk together and, most importantly, listen to each other.  These discussions can take place either in pairs, in small groups of friends, within families or in organizations or institutions.  Most discussions will probably be about half an hour in length although some may be slightly longer or shorter.   In addition to the "conversation kit," NICD will suggest several  activities that are easy for individuals and groups to do during this time period.   There will be things that can be done on the days  before and after Thanksgiving as well as suggestions for activities around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.