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National Institute for Civil Discourse

How Do YOU Feel?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Every conversation I am in about this year's presidential primary campaign regardless of the person's political affiliation quickly evolves into an expression of strong feeling and concern about what it reflects about the current state of our political dysfunction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greta Van Susteren Joins Institute Promoting Civility After Giffords Shooting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Greta Van Susteren has joined the board of a new institute for civility set up in the wake of the Arizona shootings. The National Institute for Civil...

Browsing Is Dead

Claire Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Claire Gordon

If I want to watch a movie now, I just search and download or stream on Netflix. My browsing is limited to the genres "end-of-the-world" and "suburban dysfunction," which Netflix says are my favorites.