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Workshop on Engaging in Civil Discourse at the MDI High School
May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A public civil discourse workshop will be held on Monday, May 6th, at MDI High School, from 6 – 8 pm. The workshop will be led by Mark Hews, State Coordinator for Maine Revives Civility, a program to help people increase civility and respect by teaching skills to further constructive conversations.
The purpose of this two-hour community workshop is to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to participate in constructive conversations with friends and family members who they may not agree with, and to have more civil discussions in public meetings.
Participants will learn through group exercises what “listening for understanding and to be understood” is, and how to apply it in their daily lives. Through small group dialogues, participants will learn the importance of empathy in civil discourse and how to connect with others who have differing or opposing viewpoints.
NOTE: MDI High School students who participate in the workshop will receive two community service hours.
Maine Revives Civility is a grassroots initiative committed to helping foster an open exchange of ideas and expression of values that will lead to better problem solving, more effective government, and inclusive and engaged communities. It is a project of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD). You can learn more at www.revivecivility.org.
This event is co-sponsored by MDI High School’s Engage MDI group, the Jesup Memorial Library, YWCA MDI, the League of Women Voters—Downeast, and Indivisible MDI.
Admission is free and open to the public. Donations to help offset program costs are welcome. For more information please call Jackie Davidson or Annie Schwartz at YWCA MDI, 207-288-5008.