The Ohio Civility Consortium today held its first meeting as part of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute. The group is trying to bring civil discourse back to politics.
The civility consortium was started under the banner of the Ohio State Bar Foundation in Columbus, but has now moved to the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics for a more academic setting. During the first meeting, ideas were discussed about how the media, faith groups and even judges can have an impact on civil discourse. Ted Celeste is with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and says their “Next Generation” project is focused on state legislators, since so many of them go on to serve nationally.
“It’s not just across-the-aisle communications. Both parties have now fractured quite a bit so there’s a hard left and there’s a hard right. And so it’s a very difficult task for leaders to be able to have their own caucus function.”