Revive Civility Iowa

Revive Civility Iowa is a project of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD) to bring a series of tools and resources to Iowa's people and communities to help them overcome the degradation of our public dialogue.  

NICD has selected Iowa as one of four states for an intensive yearlong effort to support people improve the way they talk and listen to each other, to show mutual respect for each other’s perspective and to be able to “disagree without being disagreeable.” 

Incivility in America has reached epidemic proportions. 

In far too many instances rudeness, disrespect and hostility sideline collaboration and compromise. Sound bites replace sound journalism; extremes on either end of the political spectrum upend political dialogue, with the public enraged at our leaders' inability to tackle our most pressing problems.

Join us for a Revive Civility Conversation

Individuals and groups within communities are coming together around the desire to change the tone of our democracy. From urban to rural communities, we’re seeing policy makers, schools & universities (faculty and students), civic groups, business leaders, faith based communities, media leaders and others joining in this call. People around the country and here in Iowa are coming together in a grassroots initiative to revive civility and respect.

We’re hosting civil community-wide conversations where citizens come together around a community issue or concern.  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 and develop more tolerance toward those who think very differently than they do.

We'll be holding Community Conversations in the following communities:

Carroll, IA:  September 18, 2018, 4-6pm RSVP

Cedar Rapids, IA:  August 23, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm RSVP

Des Moines, IA:  September 25, 2018, 4-6pm RSVP

Dubuque, IA:  August 21, 2018, 4-6pm RSVP

Pella, IA:  July 31, 2018, 4-6pm RSVP

Sioux City, IA:  August 14, 2018, 4-6pm  RSVP

Waterloo, IA:  July 10, 2018, 4-6pm RSVP


To get involved or receive more information contact Amy Smit at or (515) 271-2293.