Toni Boucher Completes Political Civil Discourse Training
The former state senator recently attended the National Institute for Civil Discourse
Next Generation, a program of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), trained former State Senator Toni Boucher of Connecticut to become a facilitator for the "Building Trust through Civil Discourse" workshop. The workshop aims to improve civil discourse and find common ground among state legislators around the country. Next Generation invites a select handful of current or former state legislators each year who volunteer their time to help foster civility and bipartisan collaboration around the country.
Boucher was one of a select group of other lawmakers who represented eight different states from both political parties. She has become a facilitator for the workshop where the main mission is to provide legislators with an opportunity to improve the level of civil discourse in their state's legislature and empower them to work more effectively across the aisle. It's an energizing, legislator-led program that aims to improve a culture where discourse and collaboration typify public policy development.
"I would like to thank the National Institute for Civil Discourse for their invitation to join them in their effort to promote bipartisan policy development through respectful civil discourse in legislatures around the country. I believe that this is sorely needed given the current political environment we are experiencing. Meeting with legislative leaders from North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Utah, Oklahoma and other New England states provided an outstanding opportunity to build relationships, share mutual experiences and learn the special facilitation techniques that could help to advance bipartisan policy making. The objective is to better a state and its citizens by improving dialogue among elected officials from all sides of the political aisle.