NICD Blog

Written by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

Today is International Safer Internet Day. Kudos to Microsoft for issuing a challenge calling on all of us to embrace “digital civility”. Here at the National Institute for Civil Discourse(NICD) we accept the challenge, and we hope that you will as well. It will take all of us working together... Read More

Written by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

“Freedom is the freedom to say 2+2=4.” — George Orwell

The renewed interest in George Orwell’s seminal work, 1984, highlights the challenging times we now find ourselves in as a nation. This single quote from 1984 offers important insight into two of the fundamental elements that have... Read More

Written by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

This week Weber Shandwick, in conjunction with Powell Tate and KRC Research, released their annual survey on Civility in America. Their findings were, to say the least, disheartening: 79% of Americans believe the 2016 US Presidential Election was uncivil; 69% believe the US has a major civility... Read More

Written by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

“I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad... Read More

Written by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

After the rampant incivility of the first Presidential Debate, I had hoped that Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence would set a new... Read More