The elections are upon us, and now, more than ever, we need honest communication to move our country, our states, our counties, cities and communities in a positive direction.
For the past several months, I’ve been involved in a joint effort to encourage collaborative discourse among civil leaders in the Cincinnati area. The project is called Beyond Civility (www.beyondcivility.org), where citizens and civic leaders meet to explore the barriers and bridges to effective dialogue. Our goal is to learn and practice techniques for communicating around and through our differences; communicating to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood, and to show and receive respect.
My colleague on the project, Bob Rack, recently wrote an article for Cincinnati.com, sharing the project’s progress. I share the article with you as an impressive example of collaborative dialogue between diverse, public leaders.