Citizens and Mayors can work together to make their city or town a Revive Civility Community by issuing a Proclamation. Refer to our sample proclamation for your use; feel free to modify the language to fit your community’s needs. Once the proclamation is signed, your city/town can help to promote the pledge and promote and help organize conversations. Be sure to let us know about your efforts by emailing Hala Harik Hayes at email@example.com.
Select communities may choose to partner with NICD to become a Revive Civility & Respect City. Through this initiative, NICD seeks to enhance the engagement between citizens and elected officials. NICD is collaborating with communities around the country to use civil discourse principles to conduct a “deep dive” approach that addresses the specific needs of that community. Examples of these communities include Culver City, California; Bar Harbor, Maine; Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Tacoma, Washington. See below for details on a few of the Revive Civility and Respect Cities. Additionally, many other cities have adopted the Revive Civility and Respect Proclamation.
Municipalities interested in learning more about partnering with NICD on the Revive Civility and Respect Cities initiative, should contact Hala Harik Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deep Dive Communities
Through the Revive Civility and Respect Cities initiative, NICD seeks to enhance the engagement between citizens and elected officials. NICD is collaborating with a handful of communities around the country to use civil discourse principles and practices to conduct a “deep dive” approach that addresses the specific needs of that community. To date we’re working with Culver City, California; Bar Harbor, Maine; Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Tacoma, Washington. Additionally, many other cities have adopted the Revive Civility and Respect Proclamation. Details on a few of the Revive Civility and Respect Cities:
Culver City, California is a diverse, urban area of about 40,000 residents located in close proximity to Los Angeles. NICD is working with Mayor, Thomas Small to help build capacity in local government to improve the way the city interacts with residents. Specifically, our efforts focused on Fox Hills, a historically underrepresented, densely-populated neighborhood facing pressure to grow. Together with the City NICD facilitated a community conversation in November 2018 to develop a shared community vision for Fox Hills that will be used to better align future development with the needs of residents.
Bar Harbor, Maine is a small, coastal town of 5,000 residents perhaps best known as the gateway to Acadia National Park. NICD is working with citizen leaders and the Town Council to build the community’s civility skills and discuss how to best balance quality of life with tourism. On October 17th a meeting is held to share civility and dialogue concepts, practice these skills, and identify and prioritize areas of concern. On November 15th the community reconvened to dig in on the issues identified during the October meeting. Participants take part in small group, facilitated conversations to identify areas of agreement in each issue area. Following the meeting, community feedback is synthesized and based on that input, a community vision is created that will help inform future planning.
Upper Arlington, Ohio is a bedroom community just outside the state capital, Columbus. In conjunction with the City and the public library, NICD is supporting efforts to engage residents in dialogue around the future of the community, including identifying divisive issues that need attention and encouraging residents to take concrete personal steps to overcome these issues. Building from the “Big Table” community meeting of 120 residents, including 40 high school students, in late August 2018, follow up activities include holding civility training sessions.
Tacoma, Washington is a large port city of about 200,000 residents on the banks of Puget Sound. NICD is working with Mayor Victoria Woodards to provide civility training to young people and support efforts to develop a youth advisory group tasked with providing a unified youth voice. Following our civility training, a process is developed to engage a larger group of Tacoma young people to identify their issues of concern. These issues will then be taken up by the newly formed youth advisors.