Something always matters to someone, but I sense there is a growing need for a civic movement that looks beyond our individual needs to those that will benefit the greater good.
Interesting then that the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has just launched a whole new programme built around advancing civility. Reminding everyone that communities need strong foundations on which to thrive and acting with civility is essential to this. Yet I still find this somewhat concerning that it appears we need reminding that we should respect others and say thank you!
Obviously now is the time for more than a little kindness...
Today as much as ever, we must renew the spirit of civil discourse and invigorate the practice of civic engagement. Embracing civility is an antidote to the hyper-partisanship and coarsening communication that our society bemoans on a daily basis. We must advance civility if we want to advance our communities. For our part here in our region, Gulf Coast Community Foundation this month launched a civility initiative, Because It Matters. We are working with our community to introduce ten keys to civility like “listen,” “respect others,” “say thank you” and “make a difference” into our schools and workplaces. Civility is the foundation of community. If we can’t find common ground, how can we build for the common good? I say it’s time to push back against trending extremism and advance civility together. I invite you to learn about this movement