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. 

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  • 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.
  • Civility Game for Family and Friends - This is an activity for family and friends to discuss some important questions about dialogue and civility. Review the game instructions before playing. 
  • Media Literacy Game for High School Students - This is an acitivity for high school students to learn about and discuss media literacy and civil discourse. Review the game instructions before playing. 
  • 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