The League of Women Voters is committed to fostering civility in public discourse, and LWVODC supports this nationwide commitment through our Civil Discourse Resource Page. Civility begins with openness to listening to points of view that may be different from our own, and respect for the other person's right to hold opinions that differ from ours.
Civility takes training and patience. Each individual has the opportunity to decide to communicate with others in a civil manner, even when tempers flare and public discourse is marked by tribalism. Sometimes the outcome of our listening efforts may result in "agreeing to disagree", in a way that respects each person's rights.
LWVODC's Civil Discourse Resource Page provides training materials for fostering civility in our government bodies and personal lives. If you would like to meet to discuss these materials, please contact Pat McDaniels.
All are invited to participate in Golden Rule 2020, a program of the non-partisan National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD)! It calls for dignity and respect in politics by applying the ‘golden rule’ principle of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. By pledging online support of this simple principle, and doing our best to practice it in our own lives, individuals are empowered by joining with others to make a collective impact that cannot be ignored. How do you sign up? Right here at Take the Pledge. What else can you do? You can Take Action right here, guided by these simple, easy steps.
- A Study of Civil Discourse in San Luis Obispo County: Finding a Definition, Best Practices, and Position
- A Short Guide on How to Listen
- Applying Democracy in Dialogue
- Better Conversations: A Starter Guide
- One on One Democracy
- Text, Talk, Revive Civility & Respect
- LWV San Luis Obispo's Civil Discourse Handbook