Why Be Civil?

Civility is defined as “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.” It’s the process of treating another person, regardless of their opinions, perspectives, or political leanings with respect and kindness. It’s about listening to another viewpoint, and even if you don’t agree with it, searching for the humanity behind a perspective or stance.

A 2019 Pew Research survey found that 68% of respondents wanted elected officials to “maintain a tone of civility and respect in politics.” Polls reveal that a majority of Americans consider incivility a big problem, which they worry will lead to increased violence.

The Civility Project seeks to help Americans build civility – in workplaces, in political spheres, and in any societal gathering of people from different origins and perspectives. To do that, we must adopt basic principles in our interactions with others. Here are some tips for adding civility into your relationships.