After an intensive yearlong grassroots study, in 2014 our League reached consensus on a definition and best practices that resulted in an update to our existing Position on Government that now includes, “Promote civil discourse through action and education for all government bodies, staff, and citizens for the purpose of improved public policy decisions and processes. Civil discourse means, at a minimum, mutually respectful, courteous, constructive, and orderly communication.”
Resources for Promoting Civility and Civil Discourse:
An annotated list of resources includes:
Democracy in Dialogue is the PowerPoint used by the Civil Discourse Workshop presenters.
Applying Democracy in Dialogue contains principles of promoting dialogue taken from Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro.
Resource Guide: Democracy in Dialogue a comprehensive guide of books, websites, presentations, and guides about civil discourse.
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