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NICD Brings Civility to Nat’l Conf. of State Legislatures

In case you missed it, last month was a busy one for the Reviving Civility initiative from the National Institute for Civil Discourse – one of our NCDD organizations – and we wanted to share their update. NICD has been elevating the conversation about civility in politics to new levels and even awarded several elected officials for their work to revive civility this summer. We encourage you to read their August update below or learn more about the initiative here.


Reviving Civility at the National Conference of State Legislatures

This week, we were Reviving Civility at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) 2016 Annual Legislative Summit in Chicago August 8-11th. On Tuesday, August 9th, NICD’s Ted Celeste hosted “Building Trust with Citizens: Text, Talk, Revive Civility, A National Conversation About Civility” with more than 100 participants.

This very diverse, highly engaged crowd worked in small groups of 4-8 people to discuss and brainstorm ideas about reviving civility in our nation while utilizing our innovative text-messaging platform. Many state legislators made commitments to take Text, Talk, Revive Civility back to their states.

NICD awarded Representative Stephanie Howse (D-OH), Representative Matt Pouliot (R-ME), and State Treasurer Terry Hayes (I-ME) with the NICD Award for Civility in State Governance at a reception on Tuesday, August 9th.

NICD also presented its inaugural Award for the State Most Committed to Civil Governance to the state of Maine this year. Representative Pouliot and State Treasurer Hayes, along with Maine State Representative Andrew McLean and Maine State Senators Andre Cushing, Rebecca Millette, and Roger Katz accepted the award on behalf of their state legislature.

The NICD’s National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance held it’s annual meeting on Tuesday, August 9th.

You can join in the conversation too. By texting CIVILITY to 89800 you can participate in Text, Talk, Revive Civility as well!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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