The Civility Challenge
For more than a year, the Beacon Journal, three universities led by the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and community leaders in the community have been exploring the causes of the incivility and ways to end it.People with wide-ranging experiences and emotions have been profiled in the newspaper’s America Today series. The university has studied methods for helping people to bridge differences. Leaders have been discussing the lack of civility in the community. This group of pastors, leaders academics and journalists also want to take action. They have framed a civility pledge for the community. You are challenged to take that pledge. Here it is: "I know that I can play a role in addressing the polarization that divides people. In the coming year, I will use the community civility standards to talk with a person whose views are different than mine, seek an issue on which we agree and then take action on that issue together." You can agree to the pledge by adding your name to this conversation and maybe a bit about why you're doing so and who you are. Names of those who respond by Thanksgiving will be published in the Beacon Journal in early December. Those that come later will be on an updated list on Ohio.com.