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
Several presentations and workshops are scheduled for the fall of 2016:
September 22-23 - Leaders of Door County's Non-Profit Groups "Crucial Conversations" Workshop Cosponsored with Door County United Way, Door County Community Foundation and the Door County Non-Profit Group.
October 6 - Local Elected and Appointed Government Leaders and the Public "How to Engage the Public when Issues are Challenging and Emotions Run High" Workshop Co-sponsored with UW-Extension, Bill Rizzo, Presenter
November 13 - Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church Adult Forum Discussion "Moving on with Civility after the Elections are Over"
November 18 - Boys and Girls Club Staff Presentation- The 9 Tools of Civility in Speak Your peace
December 13 - Door County Dept. of Human Services Staff Workshop - The 9 Tools of Civility in Speak Your Peace
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We are open to more volunteers on our committee, at our events, and in the community. Click below to send a message our way and become a Door County Civility Project volunteer.