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Peaceful World Conversations “How-To Manual”

Written and self-published by Sami Sunchild of the Peaceful World Foundation in 2008 and 2011, this is a short, readable, simple and lively manual for holding meaningful circle conversations in public places where traveler’s gather. The impetus for the manual comes from the idea of turning the tourist industry into a conscious vehicle of social transformation by systematically inviting people to host conversations in tourist centers. The booklet, which can be purchased on the Peace Arts website, includes “Six Ingredients of a Good Conversation” which focuses […] (continue)

The End of Rude: Did the Year of Civil Discourse make it easier to talk about Israel?

This article examines the results of the Year of Civil Discourse, a program dedicated to engaging nearly 1,000 people in grassroots trainings in civility at four Bay Area synagogues over the course of 2011. From the article… “The purpose was not to have people check their opinions at the door,” Porth added. “We wanted people to bring their passionately held views into the room, and give them the skills to have meaningful conversations about Israel. There was no political litmus test. The institutions all said […] (continue)

Center for Civil Discourse at UMass Boston

The Center for Civil Discourse is organized around the central principle that open, fair and truthful debate, characterized by respect for opposing viewpoints is essential to a healthy democracy. The Center’s mission is to advance the values of respectful discourse and to call on Americans to embrace civility and reject demagoguery in government, media and our personal lives. Founded in 2011 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center is is affiliated with the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and […] (continue)

National Institute for Civil Discourse

Launched in February 2011, the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is a national, nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy generation regarding civic engagement and civility in public discourse consistent with First Amendment principles. Based at the University of Arizona, NICD offers an institutional structure to support research and policy generation and a set of innovative programs advocating for civility in public discourse, while encouraging vigorous public debate, civic engagement, and civic leadership. (continue)

Four ways to kick the polarized partisan habit

This great little list of tips by Laura Chasin, founder of The Public Conversations Project, appeared here on the Christian Science Monitor website around January 14, 2011 in response to the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. This article is part of a series of articles on civility at www.csmonitor.com/Topics/civility. (continue)

Local Issues Forum Guidebook from e-Democracy.org

This comprehensive guidebook is designed for those interested in establishing online “Local Issues Forums.” It is focused on the United Kingdom but evolved directly from the experience of E-Democracy.Org, which is based in Minnesota. Care has been taken to present this guidebook for a UK audience, it is general enough for a worldwide “local” audience. The main audiences for this guide are new local E-Democracy.Org Issues Forum steering committee members, individuals who work with local authorities, and citizens exploring the Issues Forums idea in detail. […] (continue)

In Search of Civility

Civility is much more than just behaving politely. This 8-page issue brief from the National Association of Counties (NACo) provides an overview of current state of civil dialogue in local government and examples of how counties can ensure a civil dialogue during county meetings. Published June 2010. Download In Search of Civility at this link or visit www.naco.org/research/pubs/ to see all NACo publications. (continue)

The Rhetoric of Public Dialogue

The Rhetoric of Public Dialogue (2003) by Rob Anderson, Kenneth N. Cissna, and Meghan K. Clune, was published in Communication Research Trends, 22(1), 2003, pp. 1-37. The authors begin by reviewing recent mostly book-length works related to public dialogue within the categories or metaphors of access and space, difference and voice, deliberation, and civility (with a separate section for public journalism). They go on to discuss a number of the more prominent contemporary public dialogue projects. NCDD figures prominently in this section, and the authors […] (continue)

Unchat

Unchat is a web-based platform for real-time, structured and cost-effective conversation. Unchat adapts the synchronous Internet "chat" environment to civility, accountability, and deliberative democracy. Participants create their own virtual collaboration "spaces" by stocking libraries with content to use in discussion and configuring a style of moderation that is either un-moderated, moderated, or self-moderated, thereby ensuring that users share control and responsibility. (continue)

The Simple Society's Alliance for Human Empowerment

The Simple Society's Alliance for Human Empowerment is a collaboration between individuals and organizations dedicated to enabling every person to achieve their highest level of wellness, personal potential, equity, and justice. Members of the Alliance will make possible a massive outreach campaign designed to show the public, and our leaders, how to actually solve our most serious social problems. The Alliance holds free, monthly public policy forums conducted by email. (continue)

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