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Civility Matters


What is Civility?

heronlargeCivility is an authentic respect for others requiring time, presence, a willingness to engage in genuine discourse, and an intention to seek common ground.

This site provides a useful venue for civility ‘matters’ such as practical resources, scientific research, and innovative ideas to foster civility in communities. Civility ‘matters’ because treating one another with respect is requisite to effective communication, community building, and finding common ground. Without civility, we miss opportunities to really listen and understand others’ points of view. Civility is not equivalent to censorship, but instead is needed to bring decorum to discourse.

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Clark

CindyClarksmI am a university professor and a licensed registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in health care practice and academic settings. I have been studying incivility and civility and their impact in earnest for more than a decade. My pioneering research is both empirical and applied and has heightened awareness about the importance of fostering civility in myriad organizations including academic, practice, regulatory, and business settings.

My workshops and seminars are custom designed, relevant, interactive, and engaging. Learn more about my presentations.

View a complete list of Dr. Clark’s publications.

So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy