Making Democracy Work

Civil Discourse Resources


The League of Women Voters is committed to fostering civility in public discourse, and LWVODC supports this nationwide commitment through our Civil Discourse Resource Page. Civility begins with openness to listening to points of view that may be different from our own, and respect for the other person's right to hold opinions that differ from ours. Civility takes training and patience. Each individual has the opportunity to decide to communicate with others in a civil manner, even when tempers flare and public discourse is marked by tribalism. Sometimes the outcome of our listening efforts may result in "agreeing to disagree", in a way that respects each person's rights. LWVODC's Civil Discourse Resource Page provides training materials for fostering civility in our government bodies and personal lives. If you would like to meet to discuss these materials, please contact Pat McDaniels at