Civility Resources

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Are you tired of the increasingly divisive nature of today's discourse? The resources listed below encourage civil discussion.



National Institute for Civil Discourse, University of Arizona “Revive Civility Project”

Mission Statement: The National Institute for Civil Discourse integrates research, practice, and policy to support and engage:

• Elected officials who are capable of working to solve the big issues facing our country.
• A public that demands civil discourse as well as government that works in the best interests of the country as a whole.
• A media that informs citizens in a fair and responsible way.

Take a look at the Institute's  Citizen Toolkit


Choose Civility Portland – Portland Public Library

Choose Civility has hosted numerous programs, in partnership with Lift360 and the Maine Humanities Council, since its including topics that affect Portland and our society as a whole; including incivility in politics, economic inequality, how we can become better citizens and neighbors and more.


'From Mudslinging to Mutual Respect: How to Make Politics More Civil'
Address by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to Maine Council of Churches October 20, 2016. Recorded by Maine Public.

The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People in The American Interest
An article on strategies individuals can use to enhance civility in their public interactions.

The Price of Incivility in Harvard Business Review
A great article about civility and the bottom line.

Donna and Bob – An Unlikely Friendship  A short Youtube video that encourages civility with political adversaries.


Library Programs

August Let's Talk America

Let's Talk America! discussion forum

The best answer to a question begins with a meaningful conversation! The Let's Talk America! forum offers a respectful environment to discuss contemporary issues happening locally and globally. The August meeting will meet online via Zoom. FMI, contact the forum's facilitator, Sam Kelley, at 650-1814.

The topic for the August 6 meeting is, "Is our democracy in trouble?"


Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 6:00pm