The Center for the Study of Liberty teamed up with local business Steve Stapleton to host a discussion about the causes and consequences of incivility in our public and private discourse.
A group of thirteen members of the Indianapolis community, representing a range of professions, came together to ask questions about the concept of civility and how to cultivate productive conversations with our families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Guests considered questions such as: Does incivility in public discourse have a chilling effect on our private discourse? Disagreement is inevitable, but can we make it more productive?
Scrolling through social media and television news channels, America seems more divided than ever. The tone of public discourse has left many feeling that an insurmountable gap exists between themselves and their ideological opposites. The dinner discussion explored what role civil discussion plays in our ability to engage in local and national conversations about what is best for our communities.
Participants dove into what conditions are required to encourage an environment of civil discourse in their lives and in the country at large after reading a brief article about the connections between economics and civility.
6:00 PM – Opening Reception
6:30 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner
7:00 PM – Opening comments by leader
7:15 PM – Discussion
8:45 PM – Closing