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Civil Discourse

NICD's Civility Revolution: Proven Strategies, New State Leaders, Active Foot Soldiers and a Ready-and-Eager American Public

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Just last week, a large survey of citizens asserted loudly their dislike of the rampant incivility in our nation. NICD heard them - loud and clear. And I am deeply proud that several of our key programs, which are growing daily, are exactly the actions needed to turn the tide on incivility.

Listen to the President: Politics Must Change

Pat Waak | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Pat Waak

I will be honest. I really liked President Obama's State of the Union address. But then I really like Barack Obama and his belief in all of us. He has done more to benefit this country than anyone else, despite the meanness and spite that has continued to bubble under and above the surface.

Protect America's First Amendment -- Freedom of Religion

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We, as a nation and as individuals cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past -- and banning people from our country based solely on their religion would be a huge mistake.

Trump's Spitwads or Francis' Generosity -- Which Will Americans Choose?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm wondering, will Pope Francis' visit lead Americans to rethink the vitriolic spitwads they've been throwing at each other lately -- in public, in private and online? Pope Francis' patient, respectful speaking style puts to shame folks like the invective-spewing Donald Trump.

The Demonization of Dissent

Harlan Loeb | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

It's become an avalanche and it's ugly and frightening. It's the demonization of dissent - and it is a crisis we must address.

The Unexpected Legacy of Cecil the Lion

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Anna Giraldo Kerr

Let's honor those we mourn--animal and human--and the causes we hold dear by empathizing, strategizing and mobilizing. Let the killing of Cecil be a catalyst for moving all issues forward and not use it as an excuse to stay in the merry-go-around of anger, judgment and contempt.

The One Crucial Ingredient For A Civil Conversation

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

Welcome to HuffPost Religion's ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives,...

Imbalances of Power

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Oxfam International released a report this week, just as the World Economic Forum opens in Davos Switzerland, which projects that by 2016, 1 percent of the population will control more than 50 percent of the wealth.

13 Milliseconds to Civility

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Representative John Boehner was reelected as Speaker of the House this week, surviving a challenge from the far right as the 114th U.S. Congress, with Republican leadership in both Houses, began its work.

We Are All Wounded

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The idea that that we might live in a post-racial society -- a concept that became a topic of national discussion among the pundits after the election of President Barak Obama -- has slinked into a dark corner in recent weeks.

5 Ways to Use White Privilege as an Ally

Jordan Houston | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Jordan Houston

It's crucial for us as individuals, regardless of our race, to publicize the advantages of using white privilege in fighting racism -- starting now.

Restoring the Promise of the American Dream

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We are hopeful the Majority Leader's words will lead to action on the part of House leadership and members on both sides of the aisle. Then Congress will be able to take action on the major issues facing our county.

Let's Take the High Road

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Fast forward to today and we have a Highway Trust Fund with just 15 days of money left to function. Just like in 1955, anti-tax zealots have been trumping common sense and the nation's future on blatantly political grounds.

Reflections on 'Common Sense' This July 4th

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

July 4th is a day when we all need to slow to the rhythms of the summer heat, pause, listen to one another, remember the goals and dreams that were articulated by our Founding Fathers in 1776 and still hold true today.

Maya Angelou -- A Pioneer of Civil Discourse

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

As we continue our path to promote civil discourse with our elected officials, in the media, and throughout our homes, we honor Dr. Angelou. She has set the path for how best it can be done: through the powerful use of words.

How to Answer Your Critics

Cara Paiuk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Cara Paiuk

I have observed, with alarming regularity, how the comments sections of online articles become war zones. No one knows each other personally, and the facelessness gives people courage to speak their mind freely without worrying about the consequences.

Online Communities and Social Media Literacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 06.15.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Social media can be positive or negative, and Rheingold urges students to focus on context, whether it be interpersonal or political.

Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

Civil and Honest Discourse Needed for Nonprofit Boards

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

Relationships on nonprofit boards are more prone to foster distinctly different types of environments because some boards meet only one to four times a year; therefore interpersonal conflicts can more easily arise.

America Loses Unless We Act

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

hat Congress stepped back from the brink is critical; that our political leaders took us so close to falling over the edge -- and have no plan for avoiding a repeat of this crisis in a few months' time -- should be unacceptable to all of us.

We Are Each 100 Percent Responsible for Our Democracy

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Americans with whom we have worked all across the country are frustrated and even embarrassed by the state of our democracy, once revered as a model for the world. Something must be done urgently.

Emotion, Reason, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

T.A. Ridout | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
T.A. Ridout

Choosing one's words carefully is important simply because the stakes are high and emotions are powerful. Some who criticize Israel and its policies are undoubtedly anti-Semitic, but any intellectually honest person knows that not all of them are.

A Return To Civility: What Everyone Knows, But Has Forgotten

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 06.23.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Christina M. Martínez

By no means is this a comprehensive list of do's and don'ts, or a magic end-all to hate and prejudices. Rather, it's a reminder. It's a reminder that we, as humans, should follow some very simple guidelines to ensure civility among one another.

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

Craig Snyder | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Craig Snyder

Today, restoring the means for thoughtful and respectful discourse must be a primary national goal. Neither the Left nor the Right has a monopoly on wisdom or justice. What they do have is a stronghold on their own disciples - resulting in utter gridlock in Washington.

Is The Bible 'Clear' On Those Verses?

Emily Timbol | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Emily Timbol

One of the quickest ways to shut down any type of theological discussion is to utter these six words: "Well, the Bible is clear that..." Any attempt to counter these claims has already been shut down by the person who spoke those six words. You can't argue with Scripture right?