Lincoln County Indivisible is hosting a workshop: Incivility and Political Dysfunction: how did we get ​here and what can we do?

Tue, 2017-08-29

August 29th, 2017 Friends Meeting House 7:00pm-8:30pm
This workshop will explore the causes of incivility and political dysfunction, the impact of the 2016 presidential election, and what we can do now. How did we get to the point where incivility and political dysfunction have become the social norm? How did the presidential election change the conversation and the tone? What can we the people do to help move the country forward? How can we listen and talk to the “other side”? This workshop will explore these key questions and give participants the opportunity to experience some tools which can help people understand how to communicate with others who have very different views than they do.
This workshop is open to anyone willing to listen as well as express their own views. There is no charge. Donations are welcome. To register contact Jody Telfair-Richards at

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer has been working from a nonpartisan platform with citizen engagement and civility for 25 years. She is the founder of AmericaSpeaks, a deliberative democracy organization which successfully applied it’s 21st Century Town Meeting to many major public policy issues, including statewide healthcare reform in California and Maine, the national childhood obesity epidemic, disaster recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the federal budget deficit.
Currently, The National Institute for Civil Discourse has launched the highly successful programs: “Next Generation” in which the NICD staff works with elected officials in state legislatures to enhance civility; Working with the Media to explore incivility in our media; and Public Forums to create Community Solutions. NICD has recently launched a “Revive Civility” intiative nationwide.
Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks and her work at NICD, Carolyn served as consultant to the White House Chief of Staff under President Clinton and Deputy Project Director for Management of Vice President Gore’s reinventing government taskforce in 1994 and 1993, and as Chief of Staff to Governor Richard Celeste of Ohio from 1986 to 1991. She also led her own successful organizational consulting firm for 14 years, working with public and private sector organizations on four continents.