National Week of Conversation Resources

Help Bridge the Divides in our Country. Take Part in the National Week of Conversation April 20-28, 2018. 

During the National Week of Conversation, Americans from all over the country will take a small step to help bridge the political divides in our country.  They will do this by reaching out to people who have different political views and engaging them in civil and respectful conversation about the future of our nation.  The goal of these conversations is to help  people learn from each other, build relationships and look for ways to reduce the growing polarization in our public life.

National Week of Conversation is a unique opportunity for Americans of different views to talk with each other and, more importantly, really listen to each other. To learn more, sign up, and download our National Week of Conversation materials, click here.

Discussion and Training Guides

In response to the current climate of incivility, NICD has created several evergreen 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.

Civility Tips

Want some tips on how to have a difficult conversation with people who think differently? Download our infographics below:

Tips to Avoid the Food Fight

Managing Stress During Difficult Conversations

Fostering Civility on Social Media