The Door County Civility Project is a community-based initiative formed in the spring of 2013 under the umbrella of the Door County Community Foundation.
The mission of the Door County Civility Project is to foster and incorporate the principles of civility into the fabric of everyday life in Door County.
The vision is an engaged community that values the opinions and ideas of others and is committed to civil behavior and discourse.
The activities of the project are planned by a steering committee of communtiy leaders concerned about civil dialogue. We host workshops, facilitate discussions, and train community members to engage in conversations and approach conflicts using the nine principles of civility. We've had hundreds of rich conversations with community members in Door County to improve listening and communication. Our aim is to help each individual community member improve civility in their home, school, workplace, and our larger community.
We believe that disagreements can lead to healthy debate, which brings new information and ideas to light. However, good communication is the key! We reach out to not only elected officials and political groups but also regular people, in schools, neighborhood organizations, service groups, churches, businesses and even the parents on the sidelines of youth athletic contests.
While most the individuals we work with in Door County consider themselves to be “civil people” and the groups they are involved with to “generally behave in a civil manner”, most also admit that they've had personal and professional experiences when they or others around them have struggled to be civil… usually when angry, frustrated or hurt. There are tools of civility to help individuals deal with that struggle. We honestly believe that civility can be contagious!
UPCOMING & RECENT events
Civility Matters: Talking Together
SAVE THE DATE – WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 18, 5:00-7:00 PM, STONE HARBOR CONFERENCE CENTER Attend “Civility Matters: Talking Together,” co-sponsored by the Door County Civility Project and Write On, Door County. Hear Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, author of six books including Talking Together: Getting beyond Polarization through Civil Dialogue.
Rather than focusing on how awful the current conversation in our society is, Dr. McLaughlin will focus on changing the conversation. She not only offers tools, but she also offers hope as a roadmap to action based on practices of civil dialogue. As a leadership consultant, she travels throughout the county and beyond, offering experiential sessions that provide an opportunity for people of differing experiences, opinions, and perspectives to have true dialogue with one another. Kay has a unique background. She grew up as a musician and the daughter of an NFL championship football coach, both adding fascinating perspective to her work as consultant, author, and speaker.
Dr. McLaughlin will be joined by Mary Louise Dean to facilitate a discussion and activity after the presentation. Ms. Dean is a poet and artist from Kentucky who has lived in Milwaukee, New York and Cincinnati where she was known as a consultant in health care/ hospital systems. Returning to her home state, she works from her studio on a small farm in Nicholas County, and is a trainer and facilitator for Talking Together Seminars. Her annual sojourns to Door County began during her years in Milwaukee and continue from her Kentucky base. Her art is regularly featured in premier shows in the Bluegrass; she studies poetry writing at The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Ky.
These women are joining us during their two week writers residency with Write On, Door County.
Join us… let’s talk together!
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