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Workshop on Building Trust through Civil Dialogue at National CSG meeting

This post was submitted by supporting member Ted Celeste, former Ohio State Representative and initiator of the Next Generation initiative of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

TedCelesteAfter a year of development, I will be co-facilitating a workshop and introducing several new practical modules at the annual national meeting of the Council of State Governments in Kansas City this month. This hands-on workshop was developed specifically for legislators around the country. Learn more at the CSG website at www.csg.org/2013nationalconference/Civility.aspx.

Ted Celeste served in the Ohio Legislature from 2007-2012. Known for working effectively “across the aisle” whether he was in the majority or the minority, he has lived his belief in respectful dialogue. One of the only candidates for state office who insisted on running a positive campaign, he won each of his 3 races with a comfortable majority in a swing district.  He was recognized for his emphasis on civil dialogue with the John Glenn Public Policy Institute’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2011. Celeste lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married and has two daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Here is a description of the workshop:

The National Institute for Civil Discourse has developed an active discovery process, “Building Trust through Civil Discourse,” designed tobuild a new set of skills and attitudes about civil engagement with a goal of improving personal and group productivity. This interactive workshop, facilitated by present and former legislators, has been piloted in Nebraska and Ohio. This is your chance to experience the workshop, as well as preview several other skill-building modules available to your state.

Established in February 2011 at the University of Arizona, the National Institute for Civil Discourse is dedicated to integrating research and practice to support: a legislative and executive branch working to solve the big issues facing our country, public demand for civil discourse and media that informs and engages citizens.

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