Read the comments below to learn what others have said about the civility pledge and out projects.
"This begins a new era here in Door County - one of engaging our community to be the best it can be through the collective wisdom of its people!"
"The pledge means to me that I have the responsibility to speak out at meetings that seem to be going in the wrong direction and try to bring it back on track. It also means that if I am in a group and a big gossip session, or bullying is going on, I need to speak up and stop the bullying and the gossiping."
"Civility is desperately needed in the American political scene and in our society in general!"
"To recognize, appreciate and honor differences, similarities and contributions of all people in the community."
"This is a fantastic initiative. Thanks!"
"Ancient rabbinical quote, "If not now, when; if not us, who?" It applies here. Hurrah for the people of Door County."
"I am so distressed about the lack of everyday civility and respect that I see throughout current culture. I feel that it is a major impediment to moving forward in a diverse society and in politics it has lead to gridlock. We aren't solving our problems because we can't talk about them and reach even the simplest compromise. I'm enthused about anything we can do increase civility."
"A great initiative from Door County, especially in these changing times, to recognize that some things are constant and the community is a foundation to
care for us all."
"This pledge is a personal commitment to have respectful conversations and interactions with others!"
"The pledge represents how all people should communicate!"
"The civility pledge means:
- a commitment to behave in a civilized manner
regarding every encounter with others as an
opportunity to learn
- a means for creating a harmonious community."
"I support this pledge. I feel it is really important."
"Maintaining Love and respect is the best way to move on from our own suffering and to help others." Jordan - Middle East.
"This means that we can engage in open honest discussions and at the end of the day, it's ok to agree to disagree as long as our discussions are respectful and
inclusive of all viewpoints.
"...cultivating the capacity to politely disagree, and work toward consensus as opposed to majority rule."
"By holding myself accountable to this pledge I step up in responsibility; accountability, cooperation, extending myself not only to others, but to myself.
I cannot give others what I have not truly experienced within myself. What a gift this will be and what a way to build community!"
"Raising my consciousness and increasing my commitment to being civil and promoting civility."
"Long overdue! Thx!"
"It's a much needed start in the right direction.
"I am not just going to "talk the talk..." but I'll "walk the walk..." to share and model this important message to all..."
"This is a fantastic idea - and yet sad that it has come to this, that individuals need to sign a pledge to treat people right, when it should be a way of life. Hopefully this will start people thinking about the importance of
treating everyone with equality and with respect.
"I was so thrilled when I heard about the project on the radio. I equate civility with nonviolent language. In my work I have regularly tried to inform our community where I see violent language and actions. A community action can lead us to a county of civility. Thank you for beginning this and I want to continue to be an active participant."
"Practicing these tenets will make them daily habits; I greatly appreciate these tenets in my place of employment; I dearly wish I had learned them as a
youngster for use in daily life."
"Kindness, Listening, & Understanding - Civility the first element needed for strategic planning of any sort."
"To reaffirm my commitment to being civil and understanding."
"To increase awareness of my listening and speaking opportunities. To try Harder!"
"We live in an extraordinary community - a community that people are impassioned about - and when we couple that passion with a culture of respect and understanding, there isn't a challenge we can't overcome - together!"
"It means that, if everyone adhered to this code of behavior, we would have a more pleasant community. People used to aspire to enrich their lives and refine themselves. A lot of people try to get their way by being boorish or obnoxious. I see a fair amount of uncivil behavior such as inappropriate language in public and littering. We don't want what is left of our civil society to go down the drain."
"Your workshop has more than met my expectations. There is so much everyone can learn - and should learn - about living a life which is more devoted to civility."
"Great project! Thank you for taking the lead in this needed endeavor."
"Please forward information to our Representatives in Madison and Washington D. C."
"The skills identified should be a criteria for seeking to represent others."
"The pledge in no way indicates that I believe I have been uncivil in the past. The purpose of me signing the pledge is to let people know that I have always and will continue to treat people with as much respect as they give me or more."
"Having attended and learned much from the Bailey's Harbor workshop, I am eager to learn more and experience a workshop for our town board and residents."
"I am most happy to sign!"
"Congratulations on carrying out a valuable and constructive grassroots movement! What you are doing will make a difference in the long run."
"A must for any group that wants to be productive."
"Signing the pledge means being fair and respectful to yourself and others. The more people that commit to being civil to each other makes for a better world!"
"Signing the pledge means that as I move through the election process and beyond I will do my best to practice the civility skills in my personal and public life because it's the right thing to do."
"I can't believe I didn't sign in the first time we met. The Civility project to me is not about how to speak but to encourage conversation especially when opinions differ so that we can come out with more complete understanding and outcomes better for all."
"It means being the change I wish to see in the world. It means looking inwardly at how I am showing civility when interacting with others."
"It is a visible pledge that I am holding myself to a higher standard of conduct."
"I'm thrilled that our community is beginning the discussion about civility, respect and finding shared values. In this time of polarizing issues and entrenched interest groups, we all need this more than ever."
"Do on to others as you would have done onto you" - RESPECT
"Proud to be part of a positive organization!"
"Thank you for doing this!"
"A great set of guidelines that anyone from a leader in our community to a student should adopt into their lives."
"I would be interested in participating in future civility training!"
"Discipline and Accountability to be a better person. The power to change bad habits and support our community."
"I feel a need for people to remember humanity more. Being kinder and more respectful to one another. We live in very challenging times and we all need each other."
"Try to stop and think before saying anything, i.e. engage the brain and then open mouth!"
"We sure need to spread this word to all ages!!"
"When we talk about this in a forum like this it seems so easy and makes so much sense. What happens and why does it change so in the real world."
"It means to me that if all practice these habits that kindness will prevail and therefore create feelings of safety, being cared about and caring about your fellow man/woman. An effort to improve our experiences on this planet."
"Could I get some tips on getting a civility program started in my community? Who experienced trainers found to be most receptive? Approaches that achieved the most success? Fund raising suggestions if we try to expand into Kewaunee County?"
"I really appreciated that in the Learning in Retirement intro to the Door County Civility Project I attended suggestions for phrases to use when encouraging a more civil interaction or when expressing an opinion were offered. More of those would be great!"
"I would like to incorporate some of these precepts into the meetings of The Christ Child Society and in my daily dealings with family so that everyone's integrity remains intact."
"As a teacher and business owner I fully support this civility project!"
"Thanks to everyone involved with educating us in the community about the civility pledge."
"Never ruin a good apology with a bad excuse."
"Very important skills to learn, model, and teach to others!"
"I think this is a great initiative that brings awareness to the principles of a constructive and healthy workplace."
"I'll pledge to work harder to practice the skills!"
"Excited to see this at Southern Door Schools!"
"Looking forward to this movement growing in the Southern Door community!"
"I'm excited to use this both in and out of the classroom!"
"This will help me keep the principles in the forefront of my mind."
"Sturgeon Bay Project 180 (AODA) club has agreed to take on this pledge as a group. The students not only took the wristband to wear themselves but also took the pledge cards & wristbands to share with other students. Student leaders will also share with the 8th grade health classes when they meet as middle school mentors. Thank you presenting to us & giving us this opportunity to express respect to others & ourselves!"
"Respect commands respect."
"It supports my Christian beliefs and the importance of living with and loving one another. Our Door County Community models civility."
"You have no idea how much I needed this! Well done! All residents and students could benefit from this presentation!"