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Civility and Civil Public Discourse: On-line Tools For Collaboration Rather Than Complaint

The fourth video we have sponsored in support of the American Bar Association’s Mediation Week looks at how on-line communication has affected our political discourse, and new platforms that foster more civil discourse.     The video, “On-line Tools For Collaboration Rather Than Complaint”  features a discussion between Sarah Read of The Communications Center, Inc. and Scott Christianson from Kaleidoscope Consulting and VTC Stream.  We invite you to look at several of the sites discussed in the video, including:

White House Open Initiative

Democratizing Data

Manor Labs

Albemarle, VA

Results Minneapolis

Two sites that publish useful studies about online platforms that government entities can use for collaboration include the IBM Business of Government site, and the Knight Commission site which focuses on the information needs of communities in a democracy.

Talk with others about promoting more civil discourse on-line and integrating on-line participation with your systems of government.  We also invite you to share your comments and experiences by using the comment feature on this blog.

All videos were recorded using VTC Stream.  Find out more about this technology at vtcstream.com.  You can use the “embed and share” link to the right of the video to post this to your website or other location.

Civility and Civil Public Discourse: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?

The third video we have sponsored in support of the American Bar Association’s Mediation Week looks at the role religion has played in our current partisan divides and could play in promoting and supporting civil discourse.  The video, “Civility and Civil Public Discourse: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?” features an interview with two retired ministers from The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Reverend Larry Veatch and Reverend John Yonker who discuss why and how people of faith care for, and learn from, each other even as they explore their differences.  We invite you to show this video in your own faith community and invite further discussion.  Here are some questions you might ask the group to consider: what are the traditions in your own faith regarding faith and politics? what texts support civil discourse? what in the video resonated or raised concerns?  how do we as people of faith share our values and also honor our country’s tradition of separation of church and state? We invite you to share your comments and experiences by using the comment feature on this blog.

All videos were recorded using VTC Stream.  Find out more about this technology at vtcstream.com.  You can use the “embed and share” link to the right of the video to post this to your website or other location.

Civility and Civil Public Discourse: Mediation Skills Citizens Can Use

Our second video, sponsored in recognition of the American Bar Association’s Mediation Week focuses on mediation skills that everyone can use to promote more civil discourse.  We welcome guests Paul Ladehoff who directs the University of Missouri’s Campus Mediation Program and also the Law School’s LLM program in Dispute Resolution, and Noel English who is the director of the University of Missouri’s Equity program for this discussion on “Civility and Civil Discourse: Mediator Skills Everyone Can Use.”  We invite you to show this video to groups you may be involved with and invite further discussion.  Questions you might ask include what types of communication invite conflict? which invite further discussion? what are some of the specific skills mediators use that can help calm emotions and invite further reflection and dialogue? Which might you be willing to use?  How would our communities benefit if we had more civil dialogue? We also invite you to share your comments and experiences by using the comment feature of this blog.

All videos in this series were recorded using VTC Stream.  Find out more about this technology at vtcstream.com.  You can use the “embed and share” link to the right of the video to post this to your website or other location.