How and why people are trying to revive civility in America

Mon, 2018-04-16

by Diane Atwood | Catching Health 

Were you ever told that you should never discuss religion or politics in polite company? Have you noticed that these days everything, especially politics, seems to be fair game for a heated conversation? And whether you are a politician or just an ordinary citizen expressing your views, things can quickly get pretty overheated and downright uncivil.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse recently launched an initiative aimed at reviving civility in America, aptly called Revive Civility. April 20-28, 2018 is the National Week of Conversation in the United States. It seems fitting to kick off the week by talking about these various projects aimed at reviving civility in our country. Mark Hews is the state coordinator for Maine Revives Civility. He’s my guest on the Catching Health podcast.

In this episode, Mark talks about
Why Maine was chosen to be one of four states to pilot the Revive Civility initiative
How the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is trying to engage with people at all levels
How he became the state coordinator for Maine Revives Civility
The purpose and focus of Revive Civility
The possible effects of being uncivil
Definition of civility
The dangers of not knowing the true facts of an issue or a situation
What he and other state coordinators are doing at the grassroots level
Civility resources
Other NICD initiatives