Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem Solving

The national discussion on civility, borne out of the terrible events in Tucson, demonstrates that many believe the current overheated rhetoric is not working as a means to solve the nation’s problems. Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem Solving is an action guide for city leaders for creating a framework for civility and democratic governance that encourages governing a community in a participatory, deliberative, inclusive and collaborative way.

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Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem Solving (2011)

 

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Local Officials Must Promote and Model Civility in Government (November 12, 2011)
The tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and staffers in Tucson at the beginning of this year began an onslaught of conversation about civil rhetoric in government. But in reality, it shouldn't have taken such an event to bring light to the importance of democratic governance. Governance should affirm an active role for residents, community organizations, businesses, the media and others in our communities...

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Grayson Addresses Civility in Government (March 21, 2011)
At the opening general session of NLC's 2011 Congressional City Conference, Trey Grayson, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, discussed the need for civil discourse in politics.  He also announced the launch of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, at the University of Arizona, which will be devoted to the principle that people can have different values and political preferences, but can still discuss issues in a civil manner.

Publisher's Column: Modeling Civility - It Starts with Local Officials (February 7, 2011)
NLC Executive Director Don Borut reflects on the tragic shooting in Tucson in January 2011 and what is lacking in our culture of civility.  This discussion has compelled even the most cynical in our country to acknowledge the danger in sharp discord or at the very least to tone down their own rhetoric.

Civility is Only the First Step: National League of Cities Provides Public Engagement Guide (January 31, 2011)
An NLC press release announces an action guide for city leaders for creating a framework for civility and democratic governance that encourages governing a community in a participatory, deliberative, inclusive and collaborative way.