League-sponsored forum on Civil Discourse
League-sponsored forum on Civil Discourse

The Civil Discourse Committee typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club, by Zoom invitation, or by prior arrangement . Check The Voter newsletter or the LWVSC Calendar for details. You can also contact chair Joan Smith for more information.

LWVSC Civil Discourse Position

"Promote civil discourse through action and education for all government bodies, staff, and the public for the purpose of improved public policy decisions and processes. Civil discourse means, at a minimum, mutually respectful, courteous, constructive, and orderly communication. "  (Adopted in 2019-2020 by the LWVSC Board)

For 2020-2021, the Civil Discourse Committee has set these goals:

  • Create a communication platform for all county leagues to share ideas on topics and methods to promote civil discourse within their various communities.
  • Generate a citizen pamphlet, app, and link to assist civic participation at the local level, highlighting key steps and elements of civil discourse.
  • Work to get such a pamphlet, as well as the handout Your Voice Matters, shared throughout the county at various councils.
  • Continue partnerships with Braver Angels, Sno-Isle Libraries, Everett Library, and City of Everett to promote book discussions and conversations on Civil Discourse.
  • Partner with Braver Angels on a forum for training on how to connect with others of another political persuasion in late August.
  • Listen intently to the diverse segments of our community to hear their insights on civil discourse and how to promote it.

Civil Discourse Programs and Handouts

The committee has held a number of educational forums and has prepared materials for the public.

  • "Your Voice Matters: Tips for Successful Civic Engagement at Public Hearings" (handout)
  • Civil Discourse Overview at Edmonds Community College on October 17, 2017. Facilitated by Bob Drewel, a panel of experts spoke on the state of civil discourse within their fields: Education, the Media, Politics, and Community. This brochure on Civil Discourse was reprinted with permission from the LWV of San Luis Obispo. It is also available in Spanish.
  • Civil Discourse: A Community Conversation" at the Everett Library on April 29, 2018. Featured speaker was Jacquelyn Styrna, Director, Dispute Resolution Center, Volunteers of America, Skagit County, who outlined elements of civil discourse. The audience participated in circle conversations around questions. (Conversation Circle Questions)
  • "Diversity: Conflict to Cohesion--The Role of Civil Discourse" on October 24, 2018, at Everett Community College. Facilitator Bob Drewel posed questions to a panel who represented diversity within the county. Discussion circles for the audience followed, supported by questions and references in a handout as well as a bookmark. (Listen to a podcast of this forum.)