During 2016, City Club is focusing much of its programming around the Civility Project, including at our traditional lunch forums, tours, and salons, as well as at our new After Hours events. Forums will address civility in arenas like social media; courts; government and politics; education; faith; and business. You’ll hear speakers share how the principles of civil discourse guide their work and inspire solutions, such as creating specialized courts for veterans and reducing bullying in schools. Throughout the project, City Club intends to convene Civility Roundtables with university policy centers, community organizations, and other partners to identify cooperative program offerings, evaluate results and explore opportunities to sustain the momentum for a second year.
We want Idaho and its cities to be national examples of communities that address differences civilly. The goal of the Civility Project is not to make everyone agree; rather, we hope to help people learn how to disagree while remaining agreeable. This year-long project offers Idaho leaders and citizens tools to move toward resolution and action when those involved don’t see eye-to-eye on the issues. It’s about listening to and incorporating dissenting voices so that everyone is heard, moving civility from an abstract notion to an expected code of conduct.