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When Civility Really Means Silence

Nadine Smith | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Nadine Smith

A video of a woman angrily confronting Florida Governor Rick Scott in a coffee shop has been ricocheting across the internet. The quick and potent cli...

Civility Is a National Security Issue

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

How can democracy best endure through rough times? Whether online or off, civil communication is vital for democratic resilience.

Listen: How to Trump Trump and Make America Greater Than Ever

Kai Degner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

This is mostly a letter to my kids or grandkids. I don't have kids or grandkids, and am not married. So I don't know exactly to whom I'm writing yet.

Civility in Government

Mike Quigley | Posted 03.22.2016 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Our constituents, our allies, this world deserve so much more from us. Because today, America definitely doesn't look like the "shining city upon the hill" or "beacon of hope" that we once were. But all hope is not lost.

Conventions are for Voting

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Whether you are a supporter of Mr. Trump or another of the republican candidates vying for the presidency, violence of any sort should never be an option, because violence is simply not acceptable and certainly not at a convention to pick the person who may be the next president of this country.

No Wonder Trump Supporters Hate Political Correctness: It's Gun Control

Kai Degner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

Is it any surprise Trump's rhetoric continues to escalate and his supporters get angrier and more resolute with each call for civil discourse? These are the same people buying more guns and ammunition every time President Obama says we need more sensible gun laws after innocents lose their lives to gun violence.

Civil Discourse Won't Fix the Trump Problem

Kai Degner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

I've become afraid I might have nothing to show my future children if they ask what I was doing to fight against a demagogue while he was approaching the presidency.

What Happened to Disagreeing Respectfully in America?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We are not guaranteed happiness in this country, but we should be given every chance at safe passage. Until we talk to each other and find common ground, safety is at best an illusion.

Faith Leaders: 2016 Election Needs Civility

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.17.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Political season is in full swing, and no one is happy about it.

The Politics of Governing

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Even numbered years are tough on the country. Someone somewhere is running for office and that always seems to start a vicious tug of war between governing and politics. Every four years being a presidential year simply adds more weight on the political side of the game.

Accentuate the Positive: Behavioral Science and Politics

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The cost of the 2012 presidential race broke a record with a cost of $2.6 billion, with $1.12 billion coming from the two candidates and the rest from outside groups and the two political parties. There are estimates that the 2016 race could end up with a total price tag anywhere from $3.5 to $5 billion.


Francis Levy | Posted 02.05.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Civility is a tightrope walker. It's a word that connotes the kind of obligatory manners that are tantamount to hiding the truth or it can be an overa...

As Goes Iowa...

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Monday night Iowa spoke as thousands of Iowans went to caucus and put their stamp on the beginning of the road to the White House. What message they sent will be debated for days to come by pundits and political players across the country.

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.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.

Civility Does Still Matter

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

None of us needed a poll to tell us why civility is important, but it is comforting to be reminded that we, the people, really do place a high value on it and want our politicians to embrace civility.

We Need a Civility Revolution

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

America is a great democracy, but it is hard to remember that sometimes these days as we listen to the candidates and their surrogates degrade not only their rivals, but everyone who questions their positions.

We the People

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Let's make 2016 the year the American people take back our democracy. Let's commit to participate, engage and demand change. Let's vote, go to public meetings, talk with our legislators, write to our members of congress, and attend town halls

Political Correctness Really Does Work -- in Politics, Marriage and Life

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

The bad rap that political correctness gets is because those who attack it really want to say anything they want to say, wherever they want to say it, no matter whom they offend and, in many cases, no matter how rude they are.

WATCH: Being Kind (What the World Really Needs Now...)

Brad Yates | Posted 12.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Read More: Kindness, Respect, Courtesy, Civility, Andy Williams, Among Others, Sang: “What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love.” While I Am Certainly Trying to Help Cultivate That, I’D Say That, First, What the World Really Needs Now Is Kindness. Courtesy. Civility. Mutual Respect. It May Take Awhile Before People Are Able to Feel Real Love for One Another. but in the Meantime, Even Though We Are People With Differing Opinions, Isn’T It Possible That We Could Be Mature People With Differing Opinions…? It Amazes Me to See How Viscously People Will Jump on Someone Online – Even When the Person Has Only Made a Simple Comment or Request. And, I Stand by My Belief That People Don’T Do This Because They Are Bad… We Are All Doing the Best We Can Based on Our Programming. It’S Just Unfortunate That More and More We Are Being Programmed to Accept This Kind of Behavior… Which Tends to Lead T, It Has a Cost – for Everyone Involved. Since Everything Is Energy, And We Are All Connected, Every Such Attack We Make Is an Attack on Everyone – Ourselves Included. It’S a Pretty Sure Way to Put the Kibosh on Any Positive Manifestations, Or at Least Slow Them Down. but by the Same Principle… Every Act of Kindness We Perform Is and Act of Kindness Toward Everyone… Ourselves Included. :) No Doubt You’Ve Heard the Story of the Two Dogs Fighting in Each Person’S Heart (or Wolves, Depending on the Version). One Is Love, The Other Is Hate, And They Are Always Fighting. Which One Wins? the One You Feed the Most. This Holiday Season, Prepare a Feast for the Loving Dog. and Perhaps the Hateful Dog, Out of a Desire to Enjoy the Meal, Will Be Trained to Love as Well… and We’Ll Put an End to Internal Dog Fighting. and Maybe the Absence of Internal Fighting Will Cultivate a World With No External Fighting. Let’S Find Out, Shall We…? the Dalai Lama Has Said, "Be Kind Whenever Possible. It Is Always Possible." Now, I Won’T Argue That It’S Always Easy… and May Seem Downright Impossible at Times. but if We Are Honest With Ourselves - and Keep Clearing the Fear and Anger Inside Ourselves That Make Kindness Seem Difficult – Those Times Are Fewer and Farther Betw, Let’S Keep Challenging Ourselves to Be Kind (Civil, Courteous, Respectful…) – Even When It Is Seemingly Impossible. ----------------------------------------------------- I Hope This Will Help: