The Civility Challenge

The Civility Challenge

Daryl Rowland
on Nov 02, 2012

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.

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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 19, 2012
"Glad to hear that David.  Feel free to bring others into the conversation or to start new..."
David McCann
on Nov 19, 2012
"Good Day. Writing a book about local government behaviors - both good and bad - has been very..."
Perenthia Brown
on Nov 12, 2012
"Hi Midge, I agree with you.  For about 3 years our non profit ageny coordinated a youth jobs..."
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 09, 2012
"Ronald, I think many including the people behind the Civility Project share your frustration. But..."
Ronald Markowitz
on Nov 06, 2012
"I have a great deal of respect for this attempt at civility. However, I am most pesimistic about..."
Midge Karam
on Nov 06, 2012
"Any of us who work with young people MUST find a way of modeling civil behavior and respectful..."
Rick Smeltz
on Nov 06, 2012
"Daryl, I am hosting a Kenmore Community meeting on November 15th at 6:30 pm at the Kenmore..."
Daryl Rowland
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"Once you've listed your name, feel free to add whatever comment or suggestion you'd like"

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David McCann
on Nov 19, 2012 - 11:12 am

Good Day. Writing a book about local government behaviors - both good and bad - has been very beneficial for me.

 

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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 19, 2012

Glad to hear that David.  Feel free to bring others into the conversation or to start new conversations that might offer material of research for your work. If you need help, let us know. Why don't you share more about your book here, too.  Facebook and twitter are good tools to weave others into the discussion.

 
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Ronald Markowitz
on Nov 06, 2012 - 4:28 pm

I have a great deal of respect for this attempt at civility. However, I am most pesimistic about it being successful. Being cynical I can't help but constantly marvel at how and why our 535 Congressional members NEVER (that I am aware of) mention the fact that they have an approvalrating of somewhere around 7%.

 

In addition I consider the onslaught of political commercials we have had to be rude. Having those commercials at their cost shoved in our face as they were is tantamount to inviting an overnight guest to your home for 1 night and he stays for 1 omonth and leaves your refrierator empty and your house filthy. (aslo known as chutpah) sic.

Civility is not what we need. We need enough people to stand up and demand better.

 

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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 09, 2012

Ronald, I think many including the people behind the Civility Project share your frustration. But civility is not the goal, it is the set of ground rules that will allow us to move forward.

 
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Midge Karam
on Nov 06, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Any of us who work with young people MUST find a way of modeling civil behavior and respectful rhetoric.  We can accomplish SO much more together...I'll share the pledge with my students.

 

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Perenthia Brown
on Nov 12, 2012

Hi Midge,

I agree with you.  For about 3 years our non profit ageny coordinated a youth jobs summer program & after school tutoring.  The final year we had enough grant funds to take a bus field trip to Cinncinnati to visit the Freedom Center Museum.  All the way there and back the teens did nothing but use profanity.  After asking them not to use profanity several times, it dawned on me that they didn't feel like it was disrespectful.  They hear it at home, in the music, on cable channels and profanity to them is not viewed the same as is for my generation ---and I'm not that old.  When I was growing up there was no profanity on TV or music. Everyone used profinity, but never around adults ---and absolutely never around your parents and elders.  If you did, it was followed up with an immediate apology.  So then using profanity for the teens today (anywhere and at any time) is as normal as the english language.  To them it is just mere words with emphasis, which is probably true to some degree; but there is a time and place for everything. We no longer have the youth  programs, but if we did...I would difinititly explain to them about the pledge and would hope that many would sign  it.

 “Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one."

 

 
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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 02, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Once you've listed your name, feel free to add whatever comment or suggestion you'd like

 

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Rick Smeltz
on Nov 06, 2012

Daryl,

I am hosting a Kenmore Community meeting on November 15th at 6:30 pm at the Kenmore Church of The Nazarene which is located at 2025 12th st in Kenmore.If you are available,we can introduce you and let you briefly describe what this is about and stay for a Q&A session afterwards.

 
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