We welcome suggestions for topics
to discuss, comments about the dialogues,
their format and timing, as well as other
statements of interest...
Beth and Eric
of the Civics Research Co-operative
A Note on Civility
- Informal discussions on current issues
- Open to anyone who wishes to
attend, including young people
- Cookies and refreshments
Topics for discussion
Topics could include issues of current or long-standing interest and could be practical or philosophical in nature. See examples from recent dialogues and from upcoming ideas.
Articles, reports or other information chosen to focus
and stimulate dialogue will be posted on this site, or be made available for
pick-up, when possible.
We invite ideas and suggestions...
- to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and experience
- to open avenues for discussion, learning and cooperation
- to promote understanding of different points of view
- to identify information or research needs
- to offer opportunities for people to become part of an interactive
network of active and concerned citizens
It is not our purpose to try and reach agreement or consensus on courses of
action or recommendations, although we would hope to see a range of viable alternatives
explored, discussed and carried away for further thought.
These civic dialogues are not intended to be meetings of experts, but rather
to be meetings of people with various interests and levels of understanding
who wish to learn from one another
- and to have some fun!
- The dialogues will be run by facilitators whose job will be to promote
effective and fair discussion.
- It will not be the job of the facilitators to act as experts, to influence
direction of discussion, or to determine findings.
- There may be two or three people with considerable knowledge or experience
of the topic to be discussed to serve as lead off commentators if desired
or as resource people in the course of the discussion.
- No formal notes will be kept by the organizers. People wishing to do so
for their own purposes, should recognize that the group of people participating
would not be responsible for, nor necessarily subscribe to, what was recorded
or subsequently reported on.
- We will periodically reconsider whether the dialogues should continue in the same way at the
same time in the same place or whether they would be more effectively and
fairly held under other circumstances. We welcome your comments in this regard.