NICD reports impact
Posted byon April 24, 2017 at 11:37 AM
Early 2017 was a busy quarter for Bridge Alliance member, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). We share with you a small selection of their Quarterly Impact Report to both recognize NICD’s work and increase awareness of political reform work in it’s various guises.
NICD Highlights, January to March 2017:
- Community Conversations - NICD is hosting community conversations in Maine, Ohio, Iowa, and Arizona using their toolkit (organizing guides, start-up guides and participant discussion guides) and providing NICD training.
- TTRC&R - By texting “CIVILITY” to 89800, people who have gathered in groups of 3-4 can receive a series of text messages that guide their group through conversation.
- Mayor led - Since August 2016 a dedicated group of volunteers in Tucson, Arizona have been meeting to organize activities to bring civility to the forefront of conversation in Tucson. In January, 2017 the Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, wrote a proclamation announcing May as Civility Month in Tucson. Launch of the initiative will be held at the Loft Cinema, an independent theater and center of community activities, on April 20, 2017.
State legislatures - NICD is working with two state legislatures to engage with elected officials before they reach the nation’s capital. Through workshops, legislators are provided with an opportunity to explore the benefits of improving civil discourse in their state’s legislature and more effectively working across the aisle.
- In Minnesota, legislators are implementing the action plan created in the workshop and have committed to maintaining close communication with legislative leadership. Legislators are reaching out to their local communities on the need for civil discourse.
- In Oregon, Senate President Peter Courtney gave exceptional praise to the Political Journey exercise, emphasizing the importance of sharing personal stories. He said that throughout his political career he has seen personal stories make a significant impact on the behavior of Senate members.
We applaud NICD and look forward to sharing more impact stories from our members with you.
What have you been up to? Let us know and we’ll feature your organization.