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One of the top goals of our initiative is to produce a Commitment to Principles of Civility, a statement of basic principles of Civil Civic Dialogue our community members can apply in their public lives. What is civility? What does it mean to act civilly in our public lives? The Restoring Respect organizing committee suggests the following principles as a launch point for our community discussion:

C2D is 3D2

Principles of Civil Civic Dialogue, Version 1.0

Developed by Restoring Respect
January, 2013

Civil Civic Dialogue (C2D) means to Discuss, Deliberate & Decide

AND NOT Disrespect, Disparage or Deny (3D2).

Politics is the process by which we turn the many (the many) into the community (the polis). The purpose of all politics is to maintain, nurture and improve the community and, thereby, the quality of life of all its members. The purpose of civil civic dialogue is to structure and inform the political process in such a way as to make it more effective in serving the needs of the entire community.

Participants in Civil Civic Dialogue Discuss community issues and Deliberate on proposed solutions to these issues in an inclusive, open, transparent and respectful matter and Decide on what actions the community is to take based on which solutions best address the needs of the entire community.

Participants in Civil Civic Dialogue DO NOT Disrespect participants in the dialogue by denying them fair voice and attention by partners in the dialogue; DO NOT Disparage the legitimacy, intention and person(s) of participants involved in the dialogue; and DO NOT Deny the rights of concerned members of the community to participate in the dialogue, to reach a resolution of the issue(s), or to determine the legitimacy of such resolution through established processes.

In Civil Civic Dialogue, we acknowledge that we can discuss and disagree without disrespecting or disparaging. In Civil Civic Dialogue, we deliberate and decide to either reject or accept proposed solutions and, whether our positions prevail or not, we agree to recognize the legitimacy of the community decision as arrived at by the recognized legal process.

What do you think of these principles as organizing principles for civil civic discourse? Do these principles provide adequate guidelines for civil discourse? How would you amend/change them? Please join our interactive discussion below and become part of the process to Restore Civility to Civic Dialogue.

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