What, exactly, is civility? You tell us!
We’re continuing to collect your thoughts on how to have constructive, productive and civil public meetings, the subject of our Friday, Feb. 18th Forum with FOCUS Greater Syracuse
Since the Arizona shootings, the discussion of civility in our public discourse has become more vigorous than ever and has raised many questions:
- What exactly is “civility”? Is it about pinkie-in-the-air politeness? Is it honoring difference as legitimate and making a good faith effort to find common ground?
- Do we even need civility to have a substantive and productive debate?
- What is required to have productive and constructive public meetings?
- How can public meetings be designed to help promote civility, and, perhaps more importantly, to allow citizens to express themselves in a substantive way that truly helps inform our elected representatives and other policy makers?
These are questions we’ve been wrestling with on this blog since this post first went up in a slightly different form last week, and that citizens wrested with on Feb. 18 during a free public forum.
Let’s keep the dialog going. Check out what others are saying in their comments below and please share your own thoughts.
Tell us how you define civility, or give us your take on any of the other questions above. Or tackle it another way and talk about a public meeting you attended that worked — or about one that got ugly.
Chime in any way you want. CNYSpeaks is listening!